More details this morning on the South Railroad Avenue altercation and shooting which injured several, one critically, and left investigators to try and piece together exactly what occurred at the residence late Saturday night.
According to Police Chief Tom Downing, at around 10:15 Saturday evening officers responded to the area of 1015 S. Railroad Avenue after receiving a report of shots fired and indications that someone was down in the street.
Upon arrival, officers learned that there was a physical altercation that had started in the roadway between several individuals which resulted in at least one individual producing a handgun and shooting another person.
“The shooting victim, a 23-year old Susanville man, had been loaded in a private vehicle and was speeding away from the scene as the officers arrived,” explained Downing, “The second group of individuals fled the scene in a dark colored pick-up.”
The initial investigation revealed that one male subject had received a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was transported to Banner Lassen Medical Center by private vehicle, and later transferred to Renown Medical Center in Reno.
As of Monday morning he was listed in stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.
A short time after the initial call, deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Susanville Office of the California Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle matching the description of the dark pick-up on Highway 36 in the area of Coppervale Ski Hill. The subjects in the vehicle were identified as being involved in the altercation on South Railroad Avenue and were transported to Banner Lassen Medical Center for their injuries.
An 20-year old Oregon man was airlifted to Enloe Hospital for head injuries he sustained. Three other subjects, who reported their residence out of Chester, were treated and released at Banner Lassen Medical Center.
Chief Downing said that no arrests have been made at this time and that the identities of the parties involved are not being released yet.
“We are in the initial stages of this investigation and releasing the identities of the parties involved could hinder the investigation.”
If you have any information about this incident you are encouraged to contact the Susanville Police Department during normal business hours at 1801 Main Street or by calling the department’s 24 hour dispatch center at (530) 257-2171. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
Downing thanked the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol who assisted in the response to the incident.