Shooting Suspect Sought

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sun, July 22 2012 at 12:38 PM, Updated: Sun, July 22 2012 at 12:46 PM

Police in Klamath Falls are continuing their search tonight for a man suspected of shooting from a school yard into a playground.

Anna Smith was sitting on her porch across from Stukel Park Thursday evening when... "We heard what sounded like gunshots - it almost sounded like fireworks at first, so we weren't really afraid of it - until we heard them whizzing by."

Witnesses say a man was shooting from a spot in front of Mills School towards three men sitting on a park bench across the street.

"So we ran inside the house."  Recalled Anna Smith.  "And I guess everybody was running away from the park - it was pretty scary."

Police are looking for 26 year old Michael Kenneth Scott Randolph in connection with the shooting.  Randolph was arrested just one week ago for being a felon in possession of a weapon, and released the following day.

While no one was injured in the shooting, Anna Smith says she won't let her daughter Katie play at the park now...

"This neighborhood's getting pretty bad - and I kind of want to move."

Those with any suspect information are asked to contact the Klamath Falls Police Department.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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