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Police arrest two minors after shooting at Lane County Fair

The 16-year-old has been charged with Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The 14-year-old has been charged with Tampering with Evidence and Disorderly Conduct.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 3:04 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 11:44 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A 16-year-old and a 14-year-old have been arrested following a shooting at the Lane County Fair Saturday afternoon.

Eugene police said before the shooting, an adult male and the two juveniles became involved in a physical altercation.

During the altercation the 16-year-old displayed a handgun and threatened the adult male. A citizen, who attempted to intervene, was allegedly assaulted by several friends of the juveniles who were involved in the original physical altercation.

The 16-year-old was subsequently contacted by security. During this contact the 16-year-old discharged the handgun and the bullet struck an uninvolved woman in the arm. The 16-year- old was subsequently detained by security. During this time the 14-year-old disturbed evidence of the shooting and was also detained by security.

Around 4 p.m. Saturday, members of the Eugene Police Department and the Eugene Springfield Fire Department responded to what was initially reported as an active shooter at the Lane County Fair.

Subsequent investigation determined this was not an active shooter event, but a single shot fired as a result of a disturbance. This was not known to fairgoers at the time and those in attendance ran from the scene potentially causing other injuries that were not the direct result of the shooting, police said.

Wesley Hicks said he was on the scene at the time of the altercation. He said he went to make sure the people around him were secure and did not see the the trigger pulled. He claimed multiple shots were fired.

"We were just hanging out at the ticket booth. We were trying to find some tickets and some commotion started. I looked over and all of a sudden a big brawl started," Hicks said. 

According to multiple witnesses, when the discharge was heard, everyone panicked.

"It was straight chaos for a minute, it was unbelievable," Hicks said.

The 16-year-old has been charged with Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The 14-year-old has been charged with Tampering with Evidence and Disorderly Conduct.

Both juveniles were transported and lodged at Serbu.

This investigation is still ongoing and the Eugene Police Department would like to speak with any members of the community who witnessed this event. Please call 541.682.5111 and refer to case number 21-11264.

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