Man charged with shooting at animal clinic

August 28, 2012 09:12 pm

 

A rod shows the trajectory of a bullet that was fired by a Harbor man on Sunday. Submitted photo
A rod shows the trajectory of a bullet that was fired by a Harbor man on Sunday. Submitted photo
A Harbor man is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly going on a shooting spree that sent at least 12 bullets into the Town and Country Animal Clinic in Harbor just before midnight Sunday, authorities said.

A woman inside the clinic was not injured during the shooting, said Curry County Sheriff John Bishop. 

 

Bishop said the Sheriff’s Office was notified at about 11:50 p.m. that a man had called 911 to the Brookings Police Dispatch Center, reporting multiple shots fired at a storage unit located at 15757 Highway 101 in Harbor, next to the animal clinic.

“As no sheriff’s deputy was on duty at the time, an Oregon State Police trooper and a Brookings Police officer responded to the scene,” Bishop said.

“Upon arrival, they determined that the intoxicated 911 caller, Gary Richard Rogers, had discharged multiple rounds from multiple firearms from within the storage unit,” he said.

The OSP trooper arrested Rogers, 57, for disorderly conduct and took him to the Curry County Jail.

The next morning, Town and Country Animal Clinic, reported that their building had been struck by a bullet that went through one outer wall, through a flat screen TV, and across the interior of the building, striking the other wall.  

“Curry County Sheriff’s Detective Dave Gardiner went to the scene and completed a full investigation into the overall shooting incident,” Bishop said.  

“Detective Gardiner determined that the Town and Country Animal Clinic building was struck by a total of 12 bullets, and that during the night when Rogers was shooting, an employee of the Animal Clinic was inside the building,” the sheriff said.

“Another bullet was found lodged inside a box of clothing in a separate storage unit,” Bishop said. “At least one bullet was fired across Highway 101 and two other rounds in the general direction north toward the city of Brookings, with ending locations unknown.”

Bishop said Rogers was then charged with 16 counts of recklessly endangering another person, 16 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of criminal mischief, and unlawful possession of a destructive device.

State police said that Rogers, who was living in the storage units, reported he had shot at several people who were attempting to hurt him and steal his property.

The trooper said he and the Brookings officer located Rogers inside his storage unit, where they found evidence indicating that Rogers had fired numerous rounds from various weapons he possessed.

“There was no evidence or indication that the subjects Rogers had claimed were present existed,” the report said.

Several rounds fired by Rogers passed through several other storage units and exited toward the highway. 

OSP said that Rogers agreed to be taken to Curry General Hospital for a mental and physical evaluation. Rogers’ hospital urinalysis indicated the presence of methamphetamine. After being cleared by the hospital Rogers was taken into custody and lodged in the jail.

Rogers was arraigned in Curry County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.

A veterinary student spending a week at Town and Country Animal Clinic in Harbor was in the building taking a shower at the time of the shooting, said Dr. Kristina Welsh said on Tuesday

Welsh said she took the Oregon State University student to the clinic, where she is spending the week.

“She got in late,” Welsh said, explaining why the student was at the clinic such a late hour. 

“She didn’t hear it. She was really tired and didn’t hear a thing,” Welsh said.