School relieved after driveby shooting


Klamath Falls, Ore. —  A driveby shooting in Klamath Falls sent one man to the hospital. It happened in the Mills Addition Wednesday night, just feet from a local elementary school.

“When they heard the shots, they followed the procedure that we have in place and everyone was safe,” said Fred Bartels, Mills School Principal.

Fortunately, school wasn’t in session when a driveby shooting happened in Klamath Falls on Wednesday.  Just after 5:30 p.m., police said someone fired shots from an SUV, hitting a 38-year old man.

Luckily for Mills School, no students were on site. There were, however, two custodians and one teacher still working. But principal Bartels said they knew exactly what to do.

“All staff immediately close all the doors. Make sure all the doors are locked,” Bartels said.

The school goes through the same lockdown drill, even if students aren’t present.

“We stay in there in that safe place until there’s that all-clear,” Bartels said.

While the shooting happened just feet from the elementary school, the principal said parents and students shouldn’t be concerned.

“Parents don’t need to be worried at all. We make sure Mills is a safe environment at all times. Whether children are here, whether children are not here,” Bartels said.

NBC5 News Reporter and Weather Forecaster Nikki Torres graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Strategic Communication from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

She also received a minor in Business Administration from the Washington State University Carson College of Business. Prior to coming to NBC5, Nikki was an intern at KHQ Local News, the NBC affiliate in Spokane.

She comes to Southern Oregon from the state of Washington, where she grew up just south of Seattle. She loves running, exploring the Pacific Northwest, watching a good football game and spending time with her dog, Gisele. True to her roots, Nikki is a proud WSU Cougar fan and loyal Seahawks fan.

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