EUGENE, Ore. – A crew from Eugene Springfield Fire cleaned the crime scene on Bailey Lane Wednesday morning across the street from Monroe Middle School after Tuesday morning's shooting.
KEZI 9 News spoke with firefighters who said parents were upset about the stain being so close to the school.
Emily Gilkey-Palmer said she had just left her house Tuesday morning before the shooting happened. She said she’s glad she changed her plans for the morning.
"My kids had actually asked to go to Tandy Turn which is just down the street and we would have walked and so yesterday I thought that's exactly the time we would've been walking if I hadn't insisted we drove over to Amazon Park,” Gilkey-Palmer said. “I'm grateful my kids didn't see anything. They're very interested in cop cars. They had fun seeing all the emergency vehicles after the fact, but I'm grateful it wasn't like in the moment where I had to explain it."
She said she found out about the shooting when her husband called her and asked if she and her kids were okay.
Greg Christy, a man who lives on nearby Luella Street in Eugene, said he saw the blood stain before crews could clean it up.
He said he’s relieved the shooting suspect didn’t target the school, but he’s still concerned it happened so close to a school and his home.
He said he was home the moment shots rang out Tuesday morning and ran to his front window.
"I saw the guy running across my lawn and I thought he was going to come up my driveway and I thought he was going to come towards me so I kind of hid around the corner so maybe he wouldn't know I was home,” Christy said.
He said he became scared and believed he saw the suspect still holding a gun in his hand as he ran past his house down Van Avenue and out of sight.
Christy said an incident like this has never happened in his neighborhood.
"I would not have thought something like that would happen in this neighborhood cause it's a very nice neighborhood and I know most of my neighbors," he said. "I would not have thought something like this would happen and from what I understand, it's just kind of a random event that happened to be there. It wasn't like they were targeting this neighborhood or targeting that school."
The suspect, 17-year-old Mason Everett Wood, was arrested Tuesday night.
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