Jan. 14 – One of 11 suspects allegedly involved in a September 2021 shooting at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of rioting with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.
Joshuah Kadence Lynch, 18, of White City, could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to Lynch’s plea motion.
Four people were injured in the September 7, 2021 shooting. Police have identified Lynch as one of the shooters.
Bradley Allen Swift, 19, the other suspected shooter, was one of four injured. Swift, a resident of Medford, is charged with two counts of rioting and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. He is due to be arraigned Feb. 8 in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The other nine people charged in connection with the shooting have pleaded not guilty to riot charges. Some of them will begin preliminary hearings later this month and in early February, court documents note.
The term “riot” is used in Oregon’s revised statutes – ORS 166.015 – when the offenses involve five or more persons engaging in “riotous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly creating a serious risk of causing alarm public”. It’s considered a class C felony.
The shooting occurred in the Holmes Avenue car park of Fichtner-Mainwaring. Medford police said they found evidence that four firearms were used to fire 20 rounds.
However, the victims were reluctant to cooperate with investigators, so the charges ended up being narrowed.
All of the suspects were between the ages of 18 and 21 and members of rival gangs, according to previous reports.