Sheriff: Suspect in double homicide gone, residents safe
WINCHESTER, Ore. -- Authorities are still looking for a man who shot three people north of Roseburg Tuesday night, killing two of them.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said on Wednesday that he was confident the suspect is no longer in that area, and that local residents are safe.
The Sheriff's office is following up on leads, and several detectives and deputies are still canvassing the area looking for clues into where the shooter might have gone.
The names of the victims have not been released by authorities.
Sheriff's deputies, Roseburg police officers and Oregon State Police were dispatched to a reported shooting just after 9:30 pm Tuesday night at a residence in the 5700 block of NE Stephens.
Two people were deceased at the scene and one other was injured. The injured person was transported to Mercy Medical Center.
There is no word yet on the extent of that person's injuries, and none of the shooting victim's identities have been released.
The Sheriff's office says the shooting in Cottage Grove is not related to this case.
The suspect is described by police as a Hispanic male in his 40s, last seen wearing a black hoodie.
Police combed the area around Hwy 99, Page Road and Pioneer Way, and as far down NE Stephens as Hooker Road.
Police brought in K-9 dogs to assist in the search and the Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated.
Lt. Curt Strickland says the response to the call was huge. "We used K9's, we used marked units, un-marked units, people on foot, and so, we feel very comfortable at this point that the suspect in this case is not here locally," he said.
NE Stephens was closed in both directions through the area from the Winchester Dam to the 5200 block, but authorities started allowing residents back into the area shortly before 1:00 am.
Sheriff Hanlin says local schools in the area are still operating like normal.