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  • Rival gangs believed to be involved in shooting

    Medford police are looking for two suspects in the March 27 incident at a Crater Lake Avenue apartment
  • Medford police believe a beef between rival gangs may have led to a shot fired at a Medford apartment complex on March 27.
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  • Medford police believe a beef between rival gangs may have led to a shot fired at a Medford apartment complex on March 27.
    Police are now searching for two men who might have been involved in the altercation, which ended in a single shot fired outside a large apartment complex at 700 Crater Lake Ave., Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    Medford police responded to the complex at 4:34 p.m. following a report of possible shots fired.
    When officers arrived, no one was at the apartment where the shots allegedly came from. But police found a shell casing, evidence that at least one round had been fired. Police said no one is believed to have been hurt during the incident.
    "We did not find blood at the scene, so we don't believe anyone was injured," Budreau said. "We checked hospitals that day and didn't find anyone who was admitted with a gunshot wound."
    Police are looking for two men believed to be gang members who may have information about the incident.
    Jose Manuel Macias, 21, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 115 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. There is an outstanding warrant for Macias' arrest on charges of violating his parole following a second-degree robbery conviction.
    Brandon Glen Bigham, 21, is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. He also has brown hair and brown eyes. He is wanted for a probation violation following a drug conviction.
    Budreau declined to give details about why investigators suspect the incident could be gang related.
    He did say those believed to be involved belonged to the Norteño and Sureño gangs.
    "If anyone sees either of these subjects, we ask that you call police immediately," Budreau said. "These two are known to be potentially dangerous."
    The Crater Lake Avenue shooting could be related to another recent shots-fired call on the corner of Western Avenue in west Medford on March 11.
    Several shots were fired in that area before police arrived. A vehicle had been struck, but no one was hurt.
    Police later found an abandoned Cadillac believed to have been involved in that incident. So far, there have been no arrests in connection with the shooting.
    Detectives said the incident is possibly gang-related. The case still is under investigation by Medford police and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team.
    Anyone with information about the whereabouts of either man should call 541-774-2232. Police said the subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; email him at cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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