Another shooting near Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday brought the total to four deaths over the span of three days in the area and has authorities in Douglas County and Southern Oregon wondering about cause of the homicide spree.
The shooting deaths came in three separate incidents, which have occurred in and around the county seat of Roseburg, reported KOBI-TV.
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The latest occurred when two people were killed and one wounded Tuesday night in a shooting just north of Roseburg. The Douglas County sheriff's office told The Associated Press that deputies responded
to a home about 9:30 p.m. and found two people dead at the scene.
Emergency personnel took an injured person to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, stated the AP. County officers are searching for one suspect, described as a man in his 30s wearing a dark hoodie.
"We're relatively comfortable saying there is no threat remaining here today," Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told KOBI-TV
. "We're making the presumption the person responsible for this crime is out of the area."
KOBI reported that Southern Oregon experienced an uptick in murder and non-negligent manslaughter from 2019 to 2011, but dropped back down in 2012 before the current spurt in violence.
"The first thing is I want to know what's going on. Are we dealing with gang activity here ... Sometimes there's drug violence involved," clinical psychologist Douglas Col told KOBI. "Anytime people are economically stressed, you get those kinds of behaviors."
In Ashland, south of Douglas County, two men were recently arrested for a shooting death in that small town.
Authorities accuse Othon Robert Campos Jr., 41, and Merlin Elmo Bound III, 34, of robbing and killing 62-year-old Frank Damiano of Ashland, wrote the Ashland Daily Tidings
The Daily Tidings said that police arrested Bound at his Medford home on Oct. 15 and he remains in the Jackson County Jail without bail. He has been indicted on two counts of murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, and one count of first-degree burglary.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters told the Daily Tiding that he believes robbery was the motive behind the murder.
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