June 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Assault rifle goes off, Ore. child killed
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl has been killed and a woman wounded in Grants Pass after an assault rifle went off, firing a burst through the ceiling.
Police say a 30-year-old man was arrested Thursday night on charges of manslaughter, assault and illegal possession of the gun.
Police described Jon Andrew Meyer Jr. as a transient. A statement said he was in a downstairs room of an apartment when the weapon went off, and the girl and the woman were upstairs in the same apartment.
A neighbor, Chris Mehl, told The Grants Pass Daily Courier he heard a gunshot, then a rapid firing. He said he went outside and found the girl on the sidewalk. and tried to help her.
From the newspaper’s story:
“I tried to put a compress to stop the blood,” Mehl said. “I tried to move her as little as possible. I tried to do what I could.
The victims were not immediately identified.
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