Neighbor reflects on Oakdale chaos during Neighborhood Watch meeting

The Oakdale group was still trying to find its' footing when fires and an active shooter happened in their neighborhood early Wednesday morning.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2018 11:54 PM
Updated: Oct. 17, 2018 11:57 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Oakdale Neighborhood Watch group held a meeting with Springfield Police and Springfield Neighborhood Watch on Wednesday night.

The Oakdale group was still trying to find its' footing when fires and an active shooter happened in their neighborhood early Wednesday morning.

Penny Hales, President of Springfield Neighborhood Watch, said the information given to the Oakdale group on Wednesday can help all neighborhoods.

"Talk with your neighbors," Hales said. "You can say, did you notice George down the street is a little different lately? Process that. Always, as we say, call. You can have a well check done."

Towards the end of that meeting, a young couple walked in.

Josh Harvey and his wife just moved to the neighborhood in August.

He was already up at 4:00 a.m. when those fires and gunshots started.

"So I heard, like, firecrackers going off, and I was like, man, that sounds like it's in the middle of the street," Harvey said. "I was like, why are their fireworks going off in the middle of the street."

He walked outside, and that's when he saw the fire.

"I ran back inside and was like, babe, you gotta call the fire department," Harvey said. "Then I ran back outside to make sure all the people were out of the house and alright and make sure they got things. Then all the sudden, I started hearing gunshots."

Harvey said he saw Lance Jacobs firing shots near that house, and ran to inform fire fighters allowing them to get out of the area.

Harvey took cover behind a vehicle until police arrived.

"Then I was relaying.. relaying back to them, saying there's an active shooter, he's right by this car by this house, then we kept talking and talking, and soon they called SWAT, and that's when stuff really went down," Harvey said.

Harvey said after all that, he may be interested in joining the neighborhood watch.

He said for now, he's just glad everyone was safe and just wants to catch up on sleep.

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