Shooting at Grants Pass business leads to 2 arrests
Two men face felony charges on accusations that the guns they fired ringing in the wake of a New Year’s Day shooting investigation involving a Grants Pass business that closed a roadway for several hours.
Tony Robert Smith, 45, and Shawn Troy Schill, 21, were booked in the Josephine County Jail Saturday on felony weapon use and criminal mischief charges on accusations that they shot out the window of an AT&T store at 150 NE Agness Avenue shortly after midnight while shooting guns from a nearby residence in shootings shortly after midnight involving a .45 caliber handgun and an AR-15 rifle, according to documents filed in Josephine County Circuit Court.
The call reporting damage to the business window was first reported about 9 a.m. Saturday, according to a release issued by Grants Pass police.
Police closed Fairview Avenue in the blocks between the cell phone store and the WinCo along Redwood Highway for the better part of the day Saturday while detectives worked with a crash reconstructionist and canvassed the area.
The crash reconstructionist ultimately determined that gunfire caused the window to break.
Evidence collected at the scene and witness statements helped detectives link the shooting to Smith and Schill.
Witnesses allegedly saw Schill and Smith shooting firearms in 2000 block of Northeast Fairview avenue about 12:30 that morning, according to affidavits filed by police in the two suspects’ cases.
Witnesses allegedly saw Schill shoot multiple rounds from the handgun towards the Grants Pass Parkway. Police say he then returned to his residence and fired more rounds from an AR-15 rifle.
Schill is accused of firing at least two rounds each from a handgun and a rifle in the same area.
The gunshots caused allegedly caused more than $1,000 in damage to the business window.
Josephine County Jail records showed that Smith was booked in the jail Saturday on charges of unlawful use or carrying a dangerous weapon, first-degree criminal mischief and recklessly endangering another person after posting 10% bond on $25,000 bail.
Schill remained an inmate in the jail on identical charges and bail as of Monday afternoon.