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6 hospitalized, 1 in critical condition, after shooting at rap concert

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Six people were transported to hospitals after a shooting at a concert hall in Eugene, Oregon, police said.

At 9:29 p.m. Friday, there were reports of multiple shots fired outside WOW Hall, where Lil Bean and Zay Bang were performing.

Eugene Police secure the scene of a shooting outside the WOW Hall in Eugene, Ore., Jan. 14, 2022. © The Register-Guard via USA Today Network Eugene Police secure the scene of a shooting outside the WOW Hall in Eugene, Ore., Jan. 14, 2022.

The Eugene Police Department and multiple law enforcement agencies responded, along with Eugene Springfield Fire.

Of the six victims that were shot, one is in critical condition, Eugene Police Department Chief Chris Skinner said during a press conference early Saturday.

Eugene Police Department Chief Chris Skinner speaks after a deadly shooting at Wow Hall in Eugene, Ore., Jan. 14, 2022. © Eugene Police Department Eugene Police Department Chief Chris Skinner speaks after a deadly shooting at Wow Hall in Eugene, Ore., Jan. 14, 2022.

Police don't yet know if the shooting was random or targeted, but Skinner said it was "one of the highest profile shootings we've had in the city of Eugene."

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There are no reported fatalities at this time.

Police are looking for a single suspect, thought to be a male in a hoodie who was last seen running westbound away from the scene, Skinner said. The police chief added that he does not believe there is a broader safety risk to the community, but emphasized the suspect is still likely armed and dangerous.

"You may have heard that there was a shooting outside the WOW Hall tonight at the 'Lil Bean + Zay Bang'* concert," WOW Hall's Board Chair Jaci Guerena and Interim Executive Director Deb Maher said in a statement on the venue's website. "There is not much information currently available however we heard gunshots in the back parking lot. The motives are not yet known. We do know that some people were injured, but we do not know the extent of the injuries, and we do not want to speculate."

Eugene Police secure the scene of a shooting outside the WOW Hall in Eugene, Ore., Jan. 14, 2022. © The Register-Guard via USA Today Network Eugene Police secure the scene of a shooting outside the WOW Hall in Eugene, Ore., Jan. 14, 2022.

All classes held at the WOW Hall are canceled until further notice, they said.

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"We at the WOW Hall want to thank all first responders who came so quickly to ensure everyone’s safety and administer first aid. We believe all staff and volunteers are safe and accounted for. This is unprecedented at the WOW Hall. The police are investigating. If we receive additional information, we will try to make it available," Guerena and Maher added.

The shooting is under active investigation.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident (case 22-00850) call 541-682-5111.

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