'We've kind of refocused our search': Armed and dangerous shooting suspect at large
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police used a drone and K9 officers to search for a suspect in a shooting Thursday morning that officers considered armed and dangerous.
Officers responded to a Forsythia Street home just after 8:30 a.m. and found a man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
The man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Lt. Scott McKee said.
"Because we got in the area relatively quickly, we think he might still be in this close area," McKee said.
By Thursday afternoon, police could be seen entering the home where the shooting victim was found.
Police initially believed the suspect fled to the north. Officers concentrated the search near 42nd and Daisy streets.
Investigators now believe that man was a witness, and police still want to talk to him.
"We've kind of refocused our search, reconcentrated on this immediate area," McKee said.
He urged people in the area to shelter in place.
"Just be hypervigilant about your surroundings," McKee said, "and call us if you see anything suspicious."
Police said the suspect is a white male in his 30s, 6-feet tall, 140 pounds with dark hair and a beard. The suspect was last seen wearing baggy jeans, a black ball cap and a black and white backpack.
"The house is described by a neighbor as being a place where there is frequent short-stay traffic," McKee said, "so we don't know what relationship there is between the shooter and the victim."
Schools in the area were put on a modified lockdown.