Shell casings found after shots fired in Central Point

CENTRAL POINT — Police responding to a Tuesday night report of gunshots in a Central Point neighborhood found three shell casings but couldn't determine where the bullets struck. 

The incident was reported just after 9 p.m. at Amanda Court, which is off Amanda Way, according to Central Point police. Police found the casings in a two-block area between Amanda Court and Jackson Creek Drive, but could not find any damage to houses, vehicles or other property. No injuries were reported.

"We believe it was shot from a moving vehicle, based on what people said they heard outside," said Detective Josh Abbott. "They heard the shots, and then they heard a vehicle driving off at high speeds."

A witness reported seeing a white or light-colored SUV driving off just after the shots were fired.

The bullets were from a .22-caliber rifle, Abbott said. Detectives will be back out in the neighborhood searching for damage today.

"We're really hoping that people have cameras in the area and might be able to pick something up," Abbott said.

The incident happened a day after a drive-by shooting was reported in west Medford. In that case, at least four shots were fired in the 1100 block of Dakota Avenue just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The bullets struck a vehicle and a house, but no one was hit. Witnesses in the Medford case reported seeing a white sedan traveling east.

Detectives don't see a connection between the two.

"We don't have any reason to believe that (the Central Point incident) was related to what happened in Medford," Abbott said. "At this point we really don't have a lot of answers."

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