MEDFORD, Ore. — The shooting happened in the early morning hours at Peachwood Village in Southwest Medford.
Police say two minors, a 17 and a 16-year-old, were intoxicated the night of September 2nd and started fighting.
The 17-year-old grabbed a 30/30 rifle from his home and struck the 16-year-old with it. He also attempted to shoot him, according to authorities.
Police say the rifle didn’t fire.
The 17-year-old then went back home.
Shortly after, police say the 16-year-old showed up with his 22-year-old brother. That’s when police say the two forced their way into the 17-year-old’s home.
One of them was armed with a tire iron.
In self-defense, police say the 17-year-old shot the brothers. Both were taken to the hospital after the shooting.
The 22-year-old is still being treated for his injuries in Portland.
Although police say the investigation has revealed the shooting itself was justified, the 17-year-old was charged for assault and unlawful use of a weapon for his actions prior to the shooting.
Police also charged the 16-year-old for burglary in the 1st degree for breaking into the 17-year-old’s home.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.