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Man arrested after firing semi-automatic rifle.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD - A man who recently bought a new gun decided to try it out behind a Springfield motel Friday, prompting nearby construction crews to take cover and drawing a large police response.

Paul Christopher Heininge, 28, of Aurora has been staying at the Motel 6 at 3752 International Way for the past couple weeks.

He recently purchased a new AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and decided to fire off a few test shots about 2:30 p.m. Friday, Springfield police Sgt. Mike McCarthy said.

Police said he went to the north side of the motel and fired 10 to 15 rounds at a power pole in a field. He then picked up the casings and returned to his room.

The gunshots frightened construction crews working on Interstate 5 north of Belt Line Road. Several workers ran for cover.

No one was injured, authorities said.

Officers surrounded the motel and evacuated another guest staying near the shooter's room. Officers also stopped traffic on International Way.

Police called inside Heininge's room, and after a brief chat, he agreed to come out. He appeared to be intoxicated, McCarthy said.

The gun was found inside the motel room.

Heininge was arrested without a fight. He was being held in the Lane County Jail on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon and on five counts of reckless endangering.
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