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Family of Young Shooting Victim Speaks

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Family members of a young girl who was shot and killed Thursday night are speaking out, and asking why a man with a gun was allowed in the same area as the girl.

Grants Pass Police say Thursday night, 30-year-old Jon Meyer fired an assault rifle inside an apartment on Northwest C street. Police say the bullets went through the ceiling and hit 5-year old Alysa Bobbit and 44-year-old Karen Hancock, who were on the second floor of the two-story unit. Bobbit was killed, and Hancock was seriously wounded. Meyer was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Members of Bobbit’s family said they do not know why Meyer was allowed to hold a gun inside with Bobbit in the apartment. Bobbit’s maternal grandmother Tressa Turner said Bobbit and her mother Danielle Wilson were visiting a friend at the apartment that night, and that Meyer was acquainted with that friend.

Turner said her family is devastated by Bobbit’s death. She said Bobbit’s mother is now under doctor’s care because of the trauma of losing her daughter.

“How can these people have assault rifled out on the street?” Turner said. “We need to get these assault rifles off the street.”

Travis and Lisa Jones, Bobbit’s paternal grandparents, live in Texas, and said they had been trying to gather as much information about the incident as they could on the web. They said they had been a part of Bobbit’s life for several years before her parents got divorced. They said Alysa had loved visiting them in Texas and liked to moo at cows on nearby farms.

“[We’re] hanging on,” Lisa Jones said. “It’s a tearful day, I’ll give it that.”

Both grandmothers said a memorial has not been set. They said when it is arranged, the family would likely have trouble paying for the funeral expenses.

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  1. J. Twedell says:

    First off, I’m sick to my stomach that this happened. My prayers are with the family.
    On a different note, assault rifle? If thia were the case, it wouldnt tumble down steps and shoot the ceiling. … its physically impossible. Sounds more like a pistol style gun that was modified tobe full auto. Lets not turn this into another assault rifle battle. It wasn’t the gun that killed this little girl… it was a man.

    Also, I would assume that it wasn’t owned legally, so that’s a different can of worms right there.

    Pray for the girl and the woman…. they are victims of ignorance.. but please don’t blame a gun for the actions of a fool

    1. Brian says:

      J tweedel = ditto

    2. julz says:

      It was a modified gun

    3. Terri Langley says:

      Guns don’t kill people, gun owners kill people. Just dig another hole. Right gun nuts.

    4. Me says:

      I could absolutely not agree with you more. It isn’t the gun, it is the people that have the guns. We really need to stop blaming the guns and enabling these people to feel they are getting away with crimes. We are criminalizing guns, and not the idiots that are carrying them and using them illegally. It is a crying shame that we choose to yell gun so fast but we ignore that this man was carrying illegally I would assume, and choose to ignore that HE murdered this child. All of a sudden it is the gun that murdered the child… this society we live in is all out of wack.

  2. connie says:

    I’m so sorry that this precious girl lost her life. There is nothing in the world that could ever make that right. I know I’d be devastated if it were my daughter! I will keep the whole family in my prayers.

    On the assault rifle part, what people are calling assault rifles, are functionally no different than a regular rifle. They only look different. They can only shoot one bullet at a time. A fully automatic weapon can only be owned by a private citizen that has a federal license to do so. There just aren’t that many fully automatic weapons in the public. There are some illegal ones. First if this was an AR type rifle, you just can’t drop it and the thing go off, very few guns would go off being dropped (this is why I don’t believe the guys story). Second, what was he doing with it loaded in the apartment? Third, I read in one report he is a felon. He can’t legally own any guns. Making more laws to prevent citizens who legally own guns from having them wouldn’t stop this kind of crime or many others. Please put the blame where it’s due..on the jerk who did this (can’t type the words I’d like to call him).

    1. LISA JONES says:

      RIP LITTLE GIRL GRANDMA WILL NOT LET YOU DIE IN VAIN YOUR STORY WILL GET OUT THERE AND YES NONE OF THIS MAKES SENSE TO MANY DIFFERENT STORIES CHILDREN PROTECTIVE SERVICE WAS CALLED TO DO A CHECK WHY DID THEY NOT DO ANYTHING???? WE WANT ANSWERS NOW !!!! AND THE MEDIA WHY ARE WE NOT SEING ANYTHING ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER.. DAD IS ON THE WAY UP THERE THINKING THIS FUNERAL IS GOING TO HAPPEN ON THE 10TH THOUGHT YO UWERE GONNA HELP US? YOU JUST WANTED A NEWS STORY? OMG I AM SCREEN SHOTING MY COMMENT SO I HAVE A COPY TO SHOW THE WORLD IN CASE YOU DON’T POST MY COMMENT..PLEASE AIR THE FUNDRAISER SO MY GRANDBABY CAN REST IN PEACE INSRTEAD OF LIEING IN A MORGUE ALL COLD OMG POOR LITTLE GIRL GRANDMA IS SOO SORRY I FEEL I FAILED YOU PLEASE HELP BURY MY GRANDBABY MY GRANDDAUGHTER SHOT AND KILLED https://www.facebook.com/events/303488766454593/

  3. Alica James says:

    This whole thing just breaks my heart. I am angry as #*(#!> that this is all he is charged with. My son who was a felon was pulled over on a traffic stop.There was a single bullet and a gun holster in the vehicle that was not even his vehicle and he received 8yrs federal time over this. There was not even a gun to be found. But this guy won’t see any federal time I am sure. I doubt he will see much time at all out of this and that is the part that makes me sick. He can take a child’s life and pretty much will get a slap on the hand. Is this justice? The people need to speak up and be loud and clear about him getting a large amount of time and not walking away after 5 year’s in prison. It is true it is not the guns fault it is the person that had it in their hands. It is the PERSON that gave him these guns they also should be jail with him. My God please help these families through their grief and this time of sorrow. People need to be aware of who and what they allow near their children. I hope this opens up parents eye’s.

  4. RayRay says:

    This is a tragedy for sure and it is especially sad that the little girl lost her life and that the other lady was hurt. The problem is not the gun it is the stupid idiot that fired it. There is no excuse for stupidity.. Education in this country is key to making sure tragedy’s like this never happens. More schools and less jails….. not the other way around like this country is heading. People that commit crimes need to pay for their crimes… an Eye for an Eye… just like the bible reads…

    Maybe we should re-name the Criminal Justice system.. because it is “justice for the criminals “and the system is broken. rename it the “victims justice system” and ditch the loopholes and snake lawyers that get criminals off for those loopholes, or turn the justice to the people like they did in biblical times…. perhaps if we hung people in the town square for crimes the crimes would go down and there would be no slap on the wrists. Society’s fabric is torn and shattered with the onset of impure television and video games that simulate killings that desensitize young minds leading to tragedy’s like this to occur… Bless the victims….

    1. brian says:

      i agree.If the justice system can’t do there job and keep criminals lock away then let the people deal with them.all for public execution.criminals shouldn’t have rights.Let the victims families render the punishment.

  5. Cari Wilson says:

    I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your granddaughter. Absolutley NO child needs to depart this world at such a young age. May God bless you and your family!!

  6. TheresaD says:

    Do all of these commenters live in Grants Pass? They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel in terms of education.

  7. kim says:

    Obviously TeresaD you don’t!!!!
    God Bless the family of little Alysa.

  8. mr bobbitt says:

    this is her father I think no one is telling the truth! Are full story every one say’s something different I cant believe it even happen I keep running all the info over and over it don’t make no since! the only way the gun would of went off going down stars is if it had a hair pin trigger and the vibration from the fall sat it off ! highly unlikely ! then another news cast said he stood up with the gun ? ( like a cane ?/ who stand up holding a trigger ( no one ) un less there not all there !!!!!!!!!!!!! ummmmm>>>>>> any who I wont the facts not here say ! and one more thing y was the a older woman with a naked girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All I can say is if her mother would off sent her down like she was suppose to do….CUZ she said she would so she could get on her feet till school year started I would’ have to tattoo another close one on my arm but noooo we wonted to play hard ball and screw it up for every one >>> im done

  9. JIm says:

    So so sorry about this terrible incident, my heart goes out to the family. But remember it was not the guns fault, it was the idiot that was holding it. And any gun bands will do nothing to stop these events. And those who think it will are so very delusional.
    Again my thoughts and prayers are with those in mourning at this time.

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