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.