MILTON-FREEWATER — City, fire and law enforcement officials offered no new information Saturday morning Aug. 20 about at least one shooting that occurred here just after midnight.
According to scanner information posted on social media and confirmed by several commenting witnesses, multiple shots were reported at 12:08 a.m. on Southwest First Avenue, and people were seen running towards McLoughlin High School on South Main Street.
Facebook posts suggest the Washington State Patrol sent units to help on the scene and a dog was also shot; the Union-Bulletin seeks to confirm this.
Media reports said an ambulance was taking a first casualty to medical attention at 12:21 a.m. Chief Rick Saager of the Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department confirmed his department had responded but offered no details.
Providence St. Mary Medical Center entered a security lockdown from around midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday, spokeswoman Kathleen Obenland confirmed.
“This is standard protocol that we follow in these situations,” she said. No additional information was provided.
Milton-Freewater City Manager Linda Hall, who oversees the city’s police department, said her office was instructed to refer all questions to Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus.
The Oregon State Police Dispatch Center said the city was the original call and a news release will be provided later.
The Union-Bulletin will update this story as information becomes available.