EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Six people were shot during a concert in an event hall in Oregon Friday night and the suspected shooter had not yet been remanded in custody, police said.
Officers responded to WOW Hall in Eugene after reports of a shooting around 9:30 p.m., police said in a statement.
“What law enforcement found when they arrived at the scene is what you would expect exactly when six people were just shot,” Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said at a news conference. “People are just trying to get out of here, their friends are on earth, they are trying to help.”
Six people were taken to the hospital and at least one of them was in critical condition, Skinner said. The extent of the other damages was not immediately clear.
The shooting happened in a back parking lot outside the venue, police and WOW Hall executives said.
A concert with Lil Bean & Zay Bang and other artists was held in the hall at the time.
Police said no suspect was in custody. Skinner described “chaos” when officers arrived, saying investigators had not received much information from possible witnesses.
WOW Hall posted a statement on its website acknowledging the shooting but refusing to speculate on the details.
“We at WOW Hall would like to thank all the first aiders who came so quickly to ensure everyone’s safety and administer first aid,” the statement said. “We believe that all employees and volunteers are safe and taken into account.”
Investigators have not determined whether the shooting was accidental or targeted, the police chief said.
Eugene is located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Portland, Oregon.
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