Six people were hospitalized following a mass shooting outside of a rap concert in Eugene, Oregon on Friday night (January 14), reports NPR. One of the wounded victims is currently in critical condition and undergoing surgery. The incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. local time in the parking lot of the WOW Hall, a concert venue and nonprofit community center in downtown Eugene, while rappers Lil Bean and Zay Bang performed inside the venue. Pitchfork has reached out to the Eugene Police Department for further information.
In a press conference, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said police arrived on the scene less than three minutes after the shooting. All six victims had suffered gunshot wounds. “What law enforcement found when they came on scene is what you would exactly expect when six people just got shot. People are just trying to get out of here, their friends are on the ground, they’re trying to help,” said Skinner.
“We believe all staff and volunteers are safe and accounted for,” WOW Hall interim executive director Deb Maher and board chair Jaci Guerena said in a statement. “This is unprecedented at the WOW Hall.”
No suspect is in custody and an investigation is ongoing. Police officers do not currently have a description of the suspect, and are asking anyone with information on the shooting or shooter to call 541-682-5111.