Police: UO graduate teacher fires nearly 40 rounds into his ceiling

EUGENE, Ore. -- A University of Oregon grad student was arrested early Saturday morning after his neighbors reported hearing gunfire coming from inside his campus-area home.

Officers arrested 29-year-old Jack McDowell on 39 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct. McDowell is a candidate for a Political Science Doctorate and serves as a graduate teaching fellow for the university.

Eugene Police responded to McDowell's home at 1804 Columbia St. at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday. Police said they received four calls from neighbors who heard gunfire coming from the southeast campus home.

One of McDowell's neighbors, Ellis Montague, told KVAL News he went over to the house just before 3 a.m. Saturday after he heard three or four shots.

"Every light in the house was on, all of his windows were open - no curtains drawn - and he was just sitting at his computer, shooting his gun into the air," said Montague. "(He fired) sporadically, you know. Three or four shots, then he would stop for a few minutes, then three or four more."

That's when Montague said he called the UO Campus Police Department. Montague said that McDowell continued shooting at his ceiling even after police arrived to the scene.

Officers reported that they called McDowell out of his house and put him into custody. Investigators said they found at least 39 bullet holes in the ceiling, and later seized several firearms and other evidence from inside the house.

McDowell was booked at the Lane County Jail on 39 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct 2.