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Elk Horn owner speaks out after brewery targeted in riot

Stephen Sheehan said he is still assessing the financial cost of the vandalism.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 7:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The owner of a local business targeted by rioters Saturday night is speaking out.

Stephen Sheehan, the owner of Elk Horn Brewery, said this is the third time his restaurant has been targeted by vandalism. Saturday night at around 11 p.m., rioters spray-painted and broke windows on the Franklin Boulevard side of the building.

This is the second time Elk Horn Brewery has been the target of violence since Sheehan started Eugene Wake Up. This time he said he is over-the-top angry about what happened to his business.

"People need to stand up together as one, Democrats and Republicans, and say this is enough," Sheehan said. "Stop breaking stuff. Stop tearing up businesses."

Sheehan said that night employees were closing the restaurant when the vandalism started. He said that some even called out because they feared violence would return. As of Monday, Sheehan said he is still assessing the damage.

He also said he has no issues with the people peacefully protesting for change in the Eugene community. Sheehan said he is more than happy to open a dialogue with those who have a different point of view than him.

Sheehan also said he understands the anger built up in the rioters because he was once in their shoes. He said when he was younger he use to be an addict and he would have bad interactions with police. But now, Sheehan said he should not be targeted for turning his life around and building a better one for him and his family.

"When you try to take this away from somebody who has worked their butt off from the clutches of addiction to get to where I am today," Sheehan said. "I'm going to fight tooth and nail for my community."

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