Husband of woman shot at Lane County Fair speaks out

"The gun was drawn because he was getting beaten up by grown men and nobody would help, he pulled the gun out to make the guy stop and during the commotion it was accidentally discharged," Smith wrote.

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 10:17 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 10:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The husband of a woman shot in the arm at the Lane County Fair Saturday is speaking out.

Jason Smith has a background in security.

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In a Facebook post regarding the shooting, Smith wrote in part: "Our job is to protect, that's what we do. I heard many say they would have shot the kid, for starters that is wrong, that's a problem around everywhere. We do not shoot first, we train to handle a situation with the only amount of force needed to contain a threat or possible threat."

He went on to write that he doesn't believe the shooter intended to fire the weapon.

"The gun was drawn because he was getting beaten up by grown men and nobody would help, he pulled the gun out to make the guy stop and during the commotion it was accidentally discharged," Smith wrote.

In a response to a comment under the post asking about the woman's condition, Smith said his wife is resting but still a bit shaken up following the incident.

Smith told KEZI this is not the first time his wife has been involved in a shooting. He said she was attending a concert in Las Vegas in 2017 when a shooter opened fire on the crowd, killing 60 people. 

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According to police, a 16-year-old discharged the gun after a physical altercation at the fair. That 16-year-old is charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. Additionally, a 14-year-old is charged with tampering with evidence and disorderly conduct.

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Many families who were present during the shooting are experiencing serious trauma.

"It was extremely traumatizing, especially for my son," said Cassandra Glenn, who heard the gunshot. "He is experiencing nightmares currently and he's having anxiety in public places. His viewpoint of it is this could happen anywhere."

A representative from Lane County's chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI) advised parents to validate their children's feelings by listening to them and helping them name and work through the emotions they're going through.

He said some local resources include the Oregon Family Support Network, Looking Glass, and NAMI's peer support groups which meet on Tuesdays.

The shooting was not the only time police responded to the fairgrounds during the five-day event. Eugene Police reported responding to at least 19 different calls related to crime or suspicious activity in the area.

Those calls include four reports of theft, including an ATM that was stolen Thursday morning and a bike reported stolen Thursday afternoon.

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