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On Sunday, January 20, 2019 at approximately 1500 hours the Roseburg Police Department responded to the report of a possible shooting under the Stewart Parkway bridge near Harvard Avenue. The incident reportedly happened in a homeless camp in the area and when Officers arrived they found two victims, an adult male and female, who claimed they were shot. The male had severe head injuries and the female had a leg injury.
Officers set up a perimeter, and the area was cleared, but no one else was found in the camp. During a subsequent investigation it was determined the firearms were BB or pellet guns that appeared real. The investigation also revealed there was a disturbance between several people in the camp, and during that disturbance the injured male was struck over the head with one of the BB guns, and then he fell and struck his head causing further injury. The male was transported to Mercy Hospital but his condition declined and he was transferred to OHSU in Portland for further treatment.
During the investigation there was nothing discovered that led us to believe any firearms other than the BB guns were involved. The scene has been cleared now, but the investigation is ongoing. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police assisted with perimeter security during the incident.
At this point there have been no arrests, but the investigation is ongoing. There is no further threat to the community at this time and all involved persons have been contacted.