Reported Drive-by Shooting Revealed to Be Accidental
Press release provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department:
On 06/18/15 at 12:18 AM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 100 block of Canyon Drive, in Ukiah, for a reported victim of a gunshot wound. Officers from the Ukiah Police Department arrived on scene along with Deputies.
Upon arrival, the victim, a 12 year old male juvenile was located in the roadway suffering from a possible gunshot wound to his face/neck area. First aid and was administered and emergency medical services were called.
It was initially reported that the victim and the suspect, Jaime Rodriguez (age 19) were victimized by subjects in a vehicle during a drive-by shooting. Additional investigation revealed that the suspect, victim, and another juvenile had been in the rear yard of the house at 112 Canyon, when the suspect, Rodriguez, produced a handgun and started to manipulate it.
According to interviews of the suspect and a witness, the suspect negligently fired the weapon, striking the victim at near point blank range. Rodriguez then carried the victim to the roadway and a neighbor called 911.
The 12 year old victim was transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center where life saving measures continued. Once the victim was stabilized enough for further transportation, he was flown via air ambulance to an out of county hospital.
Jaime Rodriguez was subsequently booked in the Mendocino County Jail for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, willfully causing great bodily injury to a child, as well as three unrelated arrest warrants.
The firearm was recovered and there are no known suspects outstanding. Any persons with knowledge or information about the shooting are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit (707)234-2100.