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Three Reportedly Shot in Salem Park (VIDEO)Jerry Freeman and Tim King Salem-News.com
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 16 to 18 years of age, with short black close cut hair, wearing a light colored shirt, long blue shorts and carrying a black backpack.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Police responded to a shooting today at Northgate Park, near the end of Fairhaven Ave. The report of the shooting came in just after 4:00 p.m.
The victims appear to be three minors. Unconfirmed reports at the scene indicate that one victim was shot in the arm, one was shot in the leg and one was reportedly shot in the head.
Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada, says one of the victims suffered life threatening gunshots wounds, and the other two were shot but did not have life-threatening injuries.
All three were transported from the scene to Salem Hospital.
"The three victims were sitting on a park bench in the southern portion of the park when they were approached by the suspect," Okada said.
"A short conversation ensued between the suspect and the victims, then the suspect suddenly pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots. There was no indication of an argument or fight prior to the shots being fired."
Okada says Salem officers arrived on scene within three minutes of being dispatched, "and immediately began rendering aid to the victims and checking the area for the suspect, but they were unable to locate him."
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 16 to 18 years of age, with short black close cut hair, wearing a light colored shirt, long blue shorts and carrying a black backpack. Anybody with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.
A neighbor who lives near the park's walking path says she heard about six shots. She went into her yard after the shooting, and "saw a man walking east on the walking path."
Immediately thereafter, she said she saw another man stagger into view, who went to a park bench.
About that time the woman heard sirens.
Another neighbor said, "I think I heard about eight shots"
She added, "We hear stuff banging and poppling all the time".
A third neighbor said it was a small caliber weapon. "It didn't sound like much so I didn't think much of it."
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