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Some SW Redmond residents voice concern about possible crime in neighborhoods

(Update: Adding video, comments from woman who heard gunshots)

'People like us do own firearms, and we do have children, we do have property -- so we will protect what we have'

REDMOND, Ore., (KTVZ) -- Several Redmond residents, mostly in the southwest part of the city, have posted notes on the Nextdoor website in recent days regarding suspicious, possibly criminal activity in their neighborhoods.

Several people have come forward to say that people are knocking on their doors and windows in the middle of the night. Others say they've heard gunshots.

Redmond police were contacted about the issues. However, since no one was identified, they have no leads.

One family who lives off of Highway 126 says they heard several gunshots Tuesday night around 10:15 p.m.

Merilee Gage Schaffner says if this keeps happening, she's worried that residents could take the law into their own hands.

"Homeowners are going to start taking control of it themselves, and someone is going to get hurt," she told NewsChannel 21. "I hope it's not young kids."

"But when someone is outside your window at dark, you're not going to stop it, check and say, 'Hey, how old are you? Can I see your ID?' -- .you're going to shoot."

Gage Schaffner says her family will resort to vigilante protection, if they have to.

"And people like us do own firearms, and we do have children, we do have property -- so we will protect what we have," she said.

Their property is five acres deep. Gage Schaffner says the gunshots were so clear, she could tell it was an automatic weapon.

"I could tell it had to have been some type of AR, some type of automatic rifle, because it started going really fast," she said.

Redmond Police say to call the non-emergency dispatch number immediately if something like this happens.

They encourage community members to stay in a safe place, but to be good witnesses, meaning to observe every detail you can.

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36 Comments

  1. Not to worry, the Democrats in Salem have a plan – everyone should lock up their guns. That will ensure these prowlers are in no real danger should they break in.

    Who could argue with CommonSense©?

      1. Wayne lapierre’s good guy with a gun never seems to show up. Kinda like big fat fired donnie the orange!!! More guns = less gun violence according to poorly educated hillbilly gun kooks!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!! Sooooo much winning!!!! You should’ve stayed in school karen!!!

        1. He showed up at the Clackamas Mall! Don’t you remember that an armed citizen stopped that deranged animal? Oh that’s right, your slave state news networks only provide you with information that serves the agenda.

              1. Sounds about right… 2+2 no longer equals 4 and the truth is just a “legend” according to the woke In Oregon. Wow Oregon, so progressive!

      1. Your reporter could probably just knock on a couple doors of adjacent porperties and find out who is shooting rockchucks.I spent the last 26 years as the ditchrider out there and have had contact with everyone of of this ladies neighbors and know most of them by name. Late night knocking might just be someone looking for a cow.

  2. Wow, just wow. This lady just admitted that it may be some kids just fooling around (as kids tend to do), but she still plans to shoot before confirming whether or not it’s a real threat? “You’re not going to stop it, check and say, ‘Hey, how old are you? Can I see your ID?’ — .you’re going to shoot.” Sounds like Gage and Merilee are planning to go to jail.

    They sound like perfect Nextdoor material, A.K.A. social media for the “You Kids Get Off My Lawn” set. I look at the Bend one every few months for comic relief. “Suspicious activity: I saw a man riding a bicycle in our cull de sac. He must be casing the neighborhood”. LMAO

  3. “You’re not going to stop it, check and say, ‘Hey, how old are you? Can I see your ID?’ — you’re going to shoot.”

    Riiiiight, because people really DO have to fast-draw every damn to defend home and hearth in the Wild Wild West that is Central Oregon. You freaking Shoot-First-Ask Questions-Later Rambo-Wannabe Karens are gonna kill somebody someday…

  4. SW Redmond is the most degenerate crime infested area I’ve ever lived. I’m so happy to have sold and moved far far away from there for my family’s safety and peace of mind. If you like illegal fireworks going off at 2am, druggies prowling the sidewalks, and road rage death threats then SW Redmond is the place for you… God Bless the Redmond police for fighting the good fight in that dangerous mess…

      1. Your an angry little troll aren’t you? I see you on here just trying to stir stuff up. I bet you feel really tough trying to bully people over the internet as an anonymous person don’t you? Did your mommy not give you all the love when you were an even littler troll? You are the typical spineless gutless democrat coward. Go stick your head back in the toilet where it belongs you petulant little weasel.

  5. “I could tell it had to have been some type of AR, some type of automatic rifle, because it started going really fast,” she said. She must be some type of small arms expert then if she believes fast firing is automatically an AR style rifle haha. Must be new to central and Oregon, probably California

  6. “Their property is five acres deep. Gage Schaffner says the gunshots were so clear, she could tell it was an automatic weapon.
    “I could tell it had to have been some type of AR, some type of automatic rifle, because it started going really fast,” she said.”

    Totally clueless… More B.S and misinformation from someone that obviously doesn’t
    know anything about guns. I can fire my Glocks or 1911 pistols fast enough that
    I’m sure that she would think that it is an automatic, but of course she would blame
    it on an evil AR platform rifle.
    Just for the record lady, the evil AR platform rifles ARE NOT fully automatic…
    Educate yourself before you make public statements like the ones that you made
    because it makes you look like a fool…

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