Friend of suspect: 'He's really not this bad guy that everyone is trying to make him out to be'
EUGENE, Ore. - Zachary Beauchamp faced arraignment on felony first degree manslaughter on Monday in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Justin Gardner early Sunday morning.
Gardner's friends and family held a candlelight vigil for the teen Sunday.
He died from a gunshot wound sustained when two other people - including Beauchamp - fired shots just after midnight Sunday, police said.
Details about what led to the shooting - and whether the other person involved will face charges - are not yet known.
Police remained at the scene of the shooting on Monday processing evidence at the Stadium Park Apartment complex near Autzen Stadium on Commons Drive.
Keenan Moore, a friend of Beauchamp, attended the arraignment on Monday.
"He tried to call me an hour after it happened, and I had missed the calls. Tried calling him back. No answer. No answer. Nothing," he said.
Moore said his friend is a good person.
"He's really not this bad guy that everyone is trying to make him out to be. It's really just a wrong place and the wrong time kind of thing. That kid, it wasn't supposed to happen like that, you know?" Moore said.
Moore expressed sympathy for Gardner's family.
"I definitely do feel for them. It's not a good feeling. I can only imagine," he said.
Beauchamp's next court date is set for October 5.
Police say they've also identified another man, Sean Edward Jones, who also discharged a firearm on Saturday night.