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3 people shot in Springfield apartment; police have suspect in custody

A man who appeared to be in mental distress shot three people in a second floor apartment Saturday night, Springfield Police said. Two of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A man who appeared to be in mental distress shot three people in a second floor apartment at the Centennial Apartments on Saturday night, Springfield Police said.

Two of the people injured in the shooting suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. The shooter has been taken into custody.

The shooter and the victims knew one another, police said.

Officers responded around 6:30 p.m. to a report of disturbance and shooting. Police forced entry into the apartment with a ballistic shield and took the suspect into custody.

The shooter did not have the semi-automatic pistol with him at the time of the officers arrival.

Two of the gunshot victims were recovered from inside the apartment and taken to the hospital. A third victim was found crawling away from the complex outside.

The identities of the victims are not yet known, nor is the identity of the shooter. Another person, who is now cooperating as a witness, was not injured in the incident.

Now, neighbors are reacting to the shooting that took place just feet away from their homes.

"I just thought it was getting a little close to home," said Aaron Connell, a neighbor at the Centennial Apartments. "It's happening everywhere, all the time, and you know you never expect it to happen right next door."

Springfield Police Liuetenant Scott McKee says that the shooter had signs of mental distress, and it took four officers to get him into custody.

"Our officers in the area train for this type of sityation, and you hope it doesn't happen," said Lt. McKee. "But when it happens, our officers have to respond to the incident quickly."

Police say this was an isolated incident, and that the victims and the shooter know eachother.

Police are still investigation what led to the shooting.

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