5-year-old shot, killed in Grants Pass

Rescue personnel stand outside an apartment in Grants Pass, Ore., Thursday night, June 27, 2013, where police say an assault rifle went off in a downstairs room, and hit a 5-year-old girl and a 44-year-old woman upstairs. The girl died, and the woman was taken to a hospital. A man visiting the apartment has been arrested on charges of manslaughter, assault, and unlawful possession of a machine gun. (AP Photo/Shaun Hall, The Grants Pass Daily Courier)
Rescue personnel stand outside an apartment in Grants Pass, Ore., Thursday night, June 27, 2013, where police say an assault rifle went off in a downstairs room, and hit a 5-year-old girl and a 44-year-old woman upstairs. The girl died, and the woman was taken to a hospital. A man visiting the apartment has been arrested on charges of manslaughter, assault, and unlawful possession of a machine gun. (AP Photo/Shaun Hall, The Grants Pass Daily Courier)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl has been killed and a woman wounded in Grants Pass after an assault rifle went off and shot them in an upstairs room of an apartment, police said.

Jon Andrew Meyer Jr., 30, a transient, has been arrested in a shooting that occurred Thursday, June 27, 2013, that killed a 5-year-old girl and injured a 44-year-old woman in Grants Pass, Ore. (Josephine County Jail)
             Jon Andrew Meyer Jr.              (Josephine County Jail)

A 30-year-old transient who was visiting the apartment was to be arraigned Friday on charges of manslaughter, assault and illegal possession of a machine gun, Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Turner said. The manslaughter charge alleges the killing was reckless, not intentional.

Police said Jon Andrew Meyer Jr. was arrested Thursday night without incident at the scene.

Turner said she could not divulge the make and model of the rifle, who owned it, or whether it was manufactured as a fully automatic weapon or modified later.

Police said Meyer was in a downstairs room of the apartment when the rifle went off there, and the girl and the woman were upstairs in the same apartment. The woman was not related to the girl, whose mother was also in the apartment, but not shot, Turner said.

A neighbor, Chris Mehl, told The Grants Pass Daily Courier that he heard a gunshot, then a rapid firing.

When he left his house, he said, he saw the girl on the sidewalk. It appeared she’d been struck in the head, and he tried to stop the blood, he said.

There was no immediate explanation for how the girl got from the apartment to the sidewalk.

Police said she was taken to the hospital in Grants Pass but died a short time later. They said the woman, 44, was shot in the torso and hospitalized in stable condition.

The victims were not immediately identified.

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Information from: Daily Courier, http://www.thedailycourier.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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