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Police: Man draws gun on juveniles to break up fight at Valley River Center

File photo of Valley River Center (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. -- A 35-year-old Eugene man with a valid concealed handgun license was with his wife and 18-month-old child when they heard an argument in front of Victoria's Secret, Eugene Police said.

The man saw a youth, age 13, punch another, age 13, in the side of his head, causing him to fall to the ground, police said, adding that the juveniles appeared older to police, around 17 or 18, due to their size.

The instigator and another juvenile are reported to have attacked the juvenile on the ground, making it a two-on-one fight, police said.

Police say the man yelled at them and tried to pull the youths off the one on the ground.

The juvenile who had been fighting the one on the ground started moving toward the man and threatening him; the man drew his handgun and the youths were compliant, police said.

The man reported he was called by a racist slur, according to police.

The man called 911 and Valley River Center security arrived and he put the handgun away.

VRC security and the man kept the juveniles on scene until police arrived.

The victim juvenile ran away with friends and did not appear injured, police reported.

Police did not make any arrests, EPD said, adding the report has been forwarded to the city prosecutor's office for review.

We reached out to Valley River Center for comment, but they declined to speak on camera.

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