Court docs: Newport man fired AK-47 at neighbors after arguing about noisy children

Franklin Tomes mug shot courtesy Lincoln County Jail

NEWPORT, Ore. – A Newport man shot his neighbors with an AK-47 Tuesday after arguing with them about their kids being too loud, according to court documents.

In a probable cause affidavit, the Newport Police Department says officers responded to the Salmon Run Apartments around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday for a report of shots fired and two people injured.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two men injured.

Investigators say one of the men lived in an apartment below the suspect, Franklin Tomes. There has been an ongoing dispute between Tomes and the neighbor about the noise the neighbor’s kids make.

After an argument in the parking lot, Tomes grabbed an AK-47 7.62x39mm rifle from his vehicle and fired at least 12 rapid rounds at the two men as they ran away.

One man was struck by a bullet in his shoulder. He was flown by air ambulance to a trauma center for medical treatment.

The other man was shot three times, once in each leg and once in the foot. He was transported to a trauma center by ground ambulance.

The mother of the man shot once and her boyfriend were inside his apartment when Tomes shot at it.

The court document says he shot through the front door five times and once through each side door.

Witnesses said Tomes then retreated to his apartment.

The Newport Police Department established a perimeter around the building before retrieving the shooting victims. Officers also evacuated neighbors from their apartments.

Around 2:20 a.m., Oregon State Police SWAT Negotiators contacted Tomes by phone.

After a brief negotiation, Tomes surrendered. He was taken into custody and booked in the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

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