PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Five of the 6 people who were shot at a Eugene concert hall Friday night were from out of town and appeared to have come to Eugene for the concert, police said.
All 6 people — 2 women, 4 men — were sent to the hospital for treatment. One of them is in critical condition.
Police originally responded to reports of multiple shots being fired just before 9:30 p.m. Friday at WOW Hall on West 8th Avenue. The shooting took place outside the concert hall toward the back of the building, police said.
Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said the scene was chaotic.
“What law enforcement found when they came on scene is what you would exactly expect when six people just got shot,” Skinner said. “People are just, they’re trying to get out of here, their friends are on the ground, they’re trying to help.”
Skinner said police believe the suspect, described as an armed and dangerous man in a hoodie, fled the scene westbound on 8th Avenue. Authorities did not immediately have any further description of the man and said they did not receive much information from witnesses at the scene.
“The thing that’s really critical about this is that when you have something like this happen with this many people involved is that we know we have witnesses, we know we probably have video and audio available if people are willing to share that with us,” Skinner said.
He added no one at the scene was willing to cooperate and no one gave any witness statements.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the EPD tip line 541.682.5162.