YUBA COUNTY (CBS13) — A Yuba County family says Tuesday’s shooting in Oregon is a painful reminder of events from more than 20 years ago.
The Oregon High School shooting hits too close to home for Dinetta Crawford and her son, Kai, who now lives near Portland.
“Every time we turn around, somebody is shooting up our schools,” she said.
It was May of 1992 when her son, a senior at Lindhurst High School in Olivehurst, witnessed the shooting deaths of nine of his classmates and a teacher.
Police say 20-year-old Eric Houston walked onto the campus with a 12-gauge shotgun and rifle and began firing. Houston now sits on death row in San Quentin.
“[My son] asked me, ‘Why is this happening to me again?’” Crawford said.
She says Kasi, now 40 years old, lives in the same Oregon community where Tuesday’s high-school shooting happened. Kasi’s girlfriend has a daughter, who was on campus when the bullets started to fly.
He rushed to the school and tried to hop the fence to find her.
“He says, ‘There’s a shooting at the school, and I jumped the fence and my hands are all bloody because I jumped the fence.’ I said, ‘Why you jump the fence?’ And he says, ‘’Cause my baby is in there,’” Crawford said.
The young girl and Kasi are safe now.
But Tuesday’s shooting brings back horrible memories for mom and son.
“This is just too much,” she said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen.”