Stukel Shooter Sought

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, July 23 2012 at 3:54 PM, Updated: Mon, July 23 2012 at 4:10 PM

A man accused of firing shots at three other men last week is still on the loose in Klamath Falls...

Paul Barrows lives just across the street from where the shooting took place...

"And to have somebody just flailing bullets around, because of their ignorance, that makes me upset as a homeowner."

It happened Thursday night.

Witnesses say 26 year old Michael Randolph had words with three other men who were sitting on a park bench.

"From what I heard, the young guy got away."  Says neighborhood resident Lance Walker.  "He walked across the street over to the school, pulled out a gun, and let go with a clip of bullets - emptied the gun at them."

Paul Barrows adds:  "I heard seven reports at around 6:20.  And I counted them."

The shots were made with a handgun from the front of Mills School towards a bench at Stukel Park. 

Randolph posted this on his facebook page about two hours prior to the shooting:  "You better pray to God that the pigs find me first cause watch what happens if they don't."

"We can't say it's gang related."  Notes Lieutenant Rob Dentinger of the Klamath Falls Police Department.  "We can say, fairly confidently say that the suspect in the case has some gang indications that he might be a gang associate, or a gang member."

Neighbors say they'll feel more comfortable when Randolph is found.

"A lot of people, they don't want to come out anymore."  Says Lance Walker.  "They don't want to walk around - if they do, it's during the day." 

"I hope they catch the guy."  Added Paul Barrows.

Police say Randolph should be considered armed and dangerous.

Michael Randolph was arrested on Sunday, July 15th for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He was released the following day on his own recognizance.

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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