Shooting victim stable, case under investigation
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 — Officers from the Susanville Police Department are investigating an incident that sent a Susanville man to Renown Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the upper torso and several more people to regional hospitals with injuries sustained during an alleged altercation.
Names of those involved are being withheld at this time and no arrests have been made as of the morning of Monday, Oct. 21, according to Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing.
He explained the investigation is in its initial stages and releasing the identities of those involved could hinder the investigation.
The shooting victim was listed in stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.
In a press release from Downing, at approximately 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, officers responded to the area of 1015 South Railroad Ave. on a report of shots fired and someone was possibly down in the road.
Upon arrival, officers learned there were was a physical altercation that started in the roadway between several individuals, which resulted in at least one individual producing a handgun and allegedly shooting the 23-year-old local man.
The victim had been loaded in a private vehicle, which was speeding away from the scene as officers arrived. Officers learned he was shot in the upper torso, transported to Banner Lassen Medical Center via private car and then transferred to Renown in Reno, Nev.
The second group of individuals fled the scene in a dark-colored pickup.
A short time after the call was reported, deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Susanville Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) stopped a vehicle matching the truck’s description on Highway 36 near Coppervale Ski Hill.
The subjects were identified as being involved in the alleged altercation on Railroad Avenue, according to Downing.
They were transported to Banner Lassen Medical Center for injuries incurred during the incident. A 20-year-old Oregon man was airlifted to Enloe Hospital in Chico for head injuries and three subjects who reported their residence out of Chester were treated and released at the hospital.
If anyone has any information about the incident, they are encouraged to contact the Susanville Police Department during normal business hours at the office at 1801 Main St. or calling its 24-hour dispatch center at 257-2171. You can remain anonymous.
Downing expressed his department’s gratitude for the assistance provided by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP. More information will be provided when available and warranted.
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