Two Shot Near Fortuna

UPDATES below:

According to scanner traffic, at approximately 6 a.m., Fortuna Police Department was dispatched to a report of shots fired on Forest Hills Drive. Medical was staged (asked to wait for law enforcement before they enter the scene for their safety) for a woman with a gunshot wound.

The Lost Coast Outpost is reporting that a male was also shot. Scanner traffic indicates children were on the scene.

We have a call in to the Fortuna Police Department and will update as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Scanner traffic reports that there are two patients. One is a 39 year old female with four gunshot wounds to the chest. The second is a 46 year old male has a gunshot wound to head.

UPDATE 10:23 a.m.: The Coroner’s Office has confirmed that it was called to the hospital but details on the situation are not yet forthcoming. Reports indicate this was a domestic violence situation.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: Press Release from the Fortuna Police Department:

On March 18th 2015 at about 6:00 AM, officers from the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 4500 block of Forest Hills Dr., for a report of a dispute with shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers located a 39 year-old female gunshot victim and a 47 year-old male with a gunshot wound to his head. It was learned that the male and female have a child together and had a pre-scheduled custody exchange that may have been taking place at the time of the incident.

The female is in critical condition and in the process of being airlifted out of the area for further treatment.

The male suspect is deceased, believed to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The child who was the subject of the custody exchange is unharmed and with family members.

This incident is still under investigation and names of the parties are not being released at this time

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