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Police investigate report of shooting

SPRINGFIELD - Detectives were investigating an apparent accidental shooting Sunday after a teen-ager arrived at a local hospital with bullet wounds to his thigh and finger.

McKenzie-Willamette Hospital personnel contacted Springfield police when the 17-year-old from Springfield arrived shortly before 3 a.m.

He told officers that an unknown man offered to sell him a pistol near the Willamalane Park pool at 12th and G streets in Springfield, police said.

According to police, the youth said he was unaware the pistol was loaded, and it fired as he examined it, injuring his left pinky finger and his left thigh. The youth said that after he was wounded, the man trying to sell the gun took it back and left the area, police said.

The teen-ager was treated and released from the hospital Sunday. The case remains under investigation.

Daylight robbers target restaurant

Two men robbed Lyon's Restaurant on Franklin Boulevard of an undisclosed amount of money about 3:35 p.m. Sunday, Eugene police said.

The two men demanded cash from a hostess, then left the restaurant, police said. The men did not claim to have a weapon, and the hostess did not see a weapon, police said.

One of the robbers was described as a white male, about 36 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 180 pounds, with short brown hair and facial stubble. He was wearing a black "Oakland" stocking cap, dark jacket and dark pants.

The other man was described as a Hispanic, about 34 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches and 200 pounds. He was wearing a white and blue bandana; a red, black and white jacket; and dark pants.

REGION

Shooting death an accident, police say

COQUILLE - A 46-year-old Coquille man was found dead Sunday in the Coquille Smoke Shop parking lot, the apparent victim of an accidental shooting.

William Kistner appeared to have died from a single gunshot wound, the Coos County District Attorney's office said in a news release. Police would not provide any other details Sunday, including whether they believe the wound was self-inflicted or whether a weapon was found.

Kistner's body was found in the North Central Street parking lot around 5:15 p.m. The county's major crimes team responded to the scene.

An investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Coquille police.
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Date:Jan 7, 2002
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