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School officials, parents react to intoxicated man shooting at Newberg HS soccer match

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NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

A Newberg man was firing his rifle at a tree when one of the bullets traveled across the street and hit the grandstands during a Newberg High School soccer game Thursday night according to court documents released Friday.

Steven Scott Smith, 53, is facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct. He was appeared via video in Yamhill County Court Friday afternoon.

Smith lives near Newberg High School and Mabel Rush Elementary School.

The shots were fired during the second half of a game between the Newberg girls soccer team and Centennial High School. Three people at the game described hearing the bullet “zing” past their head, according to court documents, and an officer found a bullet near the grandstands.

School administrators also heard several gunshots.

“Once the last shot hit the grandstands, we reacted pretty quickly from there,” Janay Cookson, the assistant principal at Newberg High School, said.

School administrators have worked with Newberg Police on plans for similar situations. They stopped the game, then moved players and spectators into the gym until police cleared the area.

“I was very impressed with how our whole community reacted. The fans, parents and students reacted, cooperated, did exactly as we asked them to,” said Mark Brown, the school’s activities director. “It really shows the type of people we have here in Newberg.”

Police said Smith was intoxicated when they contacted him Thursday night. Smith admitted to police he was shooting a .22 caliber rifle at a tree in his backyard, court documents said. Smith also admitted to being aware the girls soccer game was in progress while he was shooting his rifle, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Heidi Manning, who lives near Smith, said she heard between 10-15 pops. She and her children were outside at the time.

“It’s disturbing that people don’t know their limits and to think that somebody could have been severely hurt,” she said. “Even one of my kids. It’s pretty sad.”

A judge granted Smith’s release from jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 2.

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