Police: Newport man accused of shooting neighbors over 'noise complaints'
NEWPORT, Ore. – After more than five hours of negotiations, police took a man into custody who’s accused to shooting two people Tuesday night over noise complaints at a Newport apartment building.
Officers were called out about 9:15 p.m. on reports of "shots fired" near Northeast Echo Court.
According to the Newport Police Department, Jose Gaeta and Tristan Smith, both 20 years old, were shot in a neighborhood dispute.
Both Gaeta and Smith managed to get to a nearby apartment, and they were later taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. They are listed in stable condition.
Initial reports state that the two young men got into a verbal dispute with 59-year-old Franklin L. Tomes and his family over "ongoing noise complaints."
At some point, Tomes got a rifle out of his vehicle and fired several rounds at Smith and Gaeta.
Witnesses said Tomes then retreated to his apartment.
The Newport Police Department established a perimeter around the building before retrieving the shooting victims. Officers also evacuated neighbors from their apartments.
Around 2:20 a.m., Oregon State Police SWAT Negotiators contacted Tomes by phone.
After a brief negotiation, Tomes surrendered. He was taken into custody and booked in the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.