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Police: U. of Ore. graduate teacher fires over 39 rounds into his ceiling

EUGENE, Ore. -- A University of Oregon grad student was arrested early Saturday morning after his neighbors reported hearing gunfire coming from inside his campus-area home.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Jack McDowell, whom officials say is a graduate teaching fellow for the university, on 39 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Eugene Police responded to McDowell's home at 1804 Columbia St. at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday. Police said they received four calls from neighbors who heard gunfire coming from the southeast campus home.

After arriving on-scene, officers report they called McDowell out of the house and put him into custody. A brief investigation found that McDowell was shooting guns into the ceiling of his home, police officials said.

Investigators said they found at least 39 bullet holes in McDowell's ceiling, and later seized several firearms and other evidence from inside the house.

McDowell was booked at the Lane County Jail on 39 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct 2.

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