Man, 42, jailed for shooting toward children

A Medford man is in jail for allegedly firing a gun over the heads of two children Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to scare them, claiming they were making too much noise, police said.

Medford police first responded to a call of shots fired at 4:47 p.m. at the Shireen Trailer Park, 602 N. Riverside Ave.

When officers arrived, witnesses directed them toward the trailer of Danny Way, 42. Officers surrounded Way's trailer until he came out to meet them and they arrested him without incident.

During the investigation, officers learned Way had become angry at the noise two children, ages 9 and 14, were making while they played outside.

Way came out of his trailer with his gun, a 9 mm pistol, and fired two shots over the children's heads from about 10 feet away. Both took off running. Neither was injured.

Police said they believe Way was trying to scare the children into quieting down but did not intend to injure them.

"There were other folks in the trailer park that had seen it and had heard shots and saw (the children) immediately take off running," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

Several witnesses approached Way after the incident and confronted him.

"(There were) very aggressive words exchanged on why he was shooting his gun at children," Budreau said. "He yelled at them to leave him alone and then went inside of his trailer."

Budreau said the incident appeared to be an isolated one and didn't stem from an ongoing dispute.

Way was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of menacing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon. He was being held Thursday afternoon on $29,000 bail. He does not appear to have any significant criminal history in Oregon, court records show.

The incident is the fifth involving a person allegedly shooting a gun at someone else in less than a week.

"We're definitely dealing with a spike in the use of guns right now. Some of them ended tragically. Some of them, like this, we got lucky," Budreau said. "It's something that police are always cautious of and concerned about whenever there's a gun involved."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or email

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