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No arrests in Saturday shooting at carnival

No arrests have been made, but Medford police said Tuesday detectives are “making solid ground” in their investigation of a shooting behind Rogue Valley Mall late Saturday night where a carnival was being held.

An unidentified man who was shot several times during an altercation is in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.

Police believe the shooting was gang-related and involved mostly juveniles.

“These cases can take time as many of those involved in the confrontation fled the scene,” said a Medford police Facebook post Tuesday. “It was very difficult to ascertain who was fleeing the scene for safety, or because of their involvement, or both.”

An officer at the north entrance to the mall when the shooting occurred reached the crime scene before the incident had been dispatched over the air, the post said.

The scene was “very chaotic, as it was a crowded event when the shooting occurred,” Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said Sunday.

Police said in its post Tuesday that the community is not in the midst of a spike in gang activity.

“Gang activity in our valley ebbs and flows over the years, as we are not seeing a spike in this type of behavior,” the post said.

Police also offered advice to Rogue Valley parents: Be aware of the signs of gang involvement. That would include “not downplaying if your child is wearing predominantly one color.”

Police also asked that people who discover graffiti on their property to “remove it as quickly as possible.”

The carnival operated Sunday after shutting down early Saturday night because of the shooting, said Pat Davis, owner of Davis Shows Northwest Carnival.

The gunshots could be heard by everybody there, he said. And “it scared the heck out of them.”

The crowd at the carnival was routed toward Target and In-N-Out Burger.

A water race at the carnival Sunday made some people anxious, with the noise of “balloons popping” scaring some people, Davis noted.

The carnival will reopen at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Hours of operation are 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The carnival will have walk-around security for the remainder of its run, Davis added.

“The safety of our shoppers, tenants and employees remains our top priority at Rogue Valley Mall, and we are continuing to work with local authorities and our security team,” Anna Orlando, general manager of Rogue Valley Mall, said in a written statement.

Orlando described the shooting in the mall parking lot as “an isolated incident.”

Police are still seeking video that people at the carnival during and soon after the shooting might have shot with their mobile phones. Those with information are asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4783.