Grand Jury indicts 11 suspects in shooting at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park
Medford police say 11 people ages 18-21 are suspected of being involved in last month’s shooting at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park. A grand jury indicted these suspects last week for their roles in the Sept. 7 altercation.
“The shooting lasted just seconds, and approximately 20 rounds were fired,” Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department wrote in a case update statement sent out on Tuesday afternoon. “More serious charges could not be brought forward due to the victims’ reluctance to cooperate with investigators.”
Bradley Allen Swift, 19, remains hospitalized and was indicted for riot and unlawful use of a weapon.
Joshuah Kadence Lynch Castro, 18, was also indicted for riot and unlawful use of a weapon. He is still at large.
Both charges are Class C felonies.
The other nine suspects involved are only being charged with riot, which is described in Oregon Revised Statutes as an offense that occurs while someone is participating with five or more other people and “the person engages in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly creates a grave risk of causing public alarm.”
Budreau said riot isn’t a commonly used charge but that this situation aptly fits the description.
“The investigation revealed that this case involved two rival groups, who were known to each other and involved in an ongoing dispute, part of which is gang-related,” Budreau wrote.
Immediately before the shooting, two people were seated in a vehicle in the parking lot at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park when their rivals spotted them there. The rival group wasn’t noticed by the two people in the car and managed to “summon additional support, eventually growing the group to 11 people.
“The group planned to attack the two individuals who were still seated in their car in the parking lot. At least two individuals in this group were armed with a firearm. When the group of 11 approached the two individuals in the car, both groups fired at each other, with a total of four people firing a handgun,” Budreau also noted.
Along with Lynch Castro, four others are encouraged to turn themselves over to the police: Christian Warren Wagner, 20; Lyannah Augustina Perezchica, 18; Moses Emanuel Lamas, 19, and W Marcus Darryl Houston, 19.
The shooting resulted in four people being injured — one more than authorities originally reported.
One of the four was shot while inside of a vehicle. And only one victim was transported from the scene by ambulance. The other three sought treatment on their own, Budreau also said.
The five people who have turned themselves over to police are: Marlon Vaughn Dixon, 21; Austin Wesley Cady, 21; Sahara Jade Clemons, 18; Jose Maria Lapisco, 19, and Unique Shy Love Pasment, 19.