Police: Man charged with murder shot birthday party guests

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Springfield police say a suspect arrested in a triple shooting that killed a man had been hosting a birthday party when he shot the guest of honor and two other friends.

The Register-Guard reports that 23-year-old Jordan Wyatt Ledbetter faces a murder charge and four counts of felony assault for the shooting at his apartment.

Authorities on Monday said 27-year-old Garrett Dean Peterson was shot in the chest at the party and died at a hospital. Twenty-one-year-olds Jesse Ray Able and Darin Ray Havens were shot and have been released from a hospital.

Police say they entered the apartment on Saturday to find Peterson and Able bloodied at the base of a stairwell and Ledbetter fighting another party guest.

Police say it took four officers to detain Ledbetter.