Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, April 1 2013 at 3:50 PM, Updated: Mon, April 1 2013 at 4:13 PM
Two people were shot late at night at a Klamath Falls apartment...it was a terrifying scene for one witness who is also hoping for answers tonight.
J.D. Lamb and her kids heard the shots just before 10:30 Sunday night...
"I saw a gentleman fall to the ground as soon as I opened my back door, he was shot in the head. And I called 911 right away, and then my next door neighbor was shot in the face."
Kathy Hewitt was up late preparing taxes...
"I'm not sure when exactly, I just heard two gunshots."
The shooting took place at an apartment complex on Washburn Way and Pear Street.
Investigators haven't released the names of the victims, and J.D. has only their first names...
"As far as I know, the gentleman's name was Terry, and the lady's name was Vanessa."
Detectives were combing the scene for evidence through the night, and into the morning.
The shooting triggered activation of the Klamath County Major Crime Team.
Activation of the Klamath County Major Crime Team means that all information must go through the Klamath County District Attorney's office. Since Klamath County is currently without a D.A., all information must go through the Oregon Attorney General's Office. And the A.G.'s office is releasing no details about the shooting.
Without those details, we can't give you patient condition, or any possible suspect information...but we can tell you that J.D. Lamb is still shaken over what she saw...
"I could have easily just walked outside, and that could have been me, you know."
One of the gunshot victims was airlifted to St. Charles Hospital in Bend, while the other was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center.
Jeff Manning of the Oregon Attorney General's Office has confirmed that a 28 year old male, and a 36 year old female were shot.
Manning adds that police are looking for a suspect or suspects, but gave no details.
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.