[Updated with Victim’s Name] Trinity County Sheriff Searches for “Active Shooter”


Crime tape stretched across the road in front of the property where the shooting took place. [Photo provided by North Coast News TV.]

Press release provided by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office:

On Monday, July 13, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Lamb Creek Road in Mad River. Callers stated that two male victims sustained gunshot wounds. One male was airlifted to an area hospital, while the other male was pronounced dead at the scene.
While responding, Trinity County Sheriff Deputies were given additional information that there was an active shooter in the Mad River area. A Sheriff’s Office Deputy encountered a vehicle on State Route 36 in the Forest Glen area. The vehicle appeared to have been involved in a traffic collision. Upon further investigation, the Deputy at the scene discovered that the vehicle was involved in the active shooter incident in the Mad River area. At that time the Deputy at scene heard what he believed to be gunfire from the area below the road where the vehicle was located.
The Forest Glen area was searched by a joint task force of Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and United States Forest Service personnel, while other units warned the public that there was an active shooter in the area.

The suspect is described as having a dark complexion, wearing a black shirt, is 29-30 years old is approximately 5’8” and 160-175 pounds with dark short curly hair and goes by the name of Scotty. He should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information regarding the suspect please contact the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 530-623-2611.
No other information concerning the victims will be immediately available.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: From the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office:

Investigators have identified and are releasing the name of the victim that was found deceased at the scene as Steven Line Sr. DOB: 11-24-1952 of Mad River, CA.

Earlier Chapter: Shooting Near Ruth Lake



  • Are there any theories (or facts) over what this shooting was about?

    • amimissingsomething

      Drugs maybe??

    • I would like to know more about why for sure and if the guy that shot and yes killed was local….

      • amimissingsomething

        Steven Line Sr. had lived in Mad River for at least 25 years. I am not familiar with the supposed shooter. So many new people moving there all for the same reason….Growing Dope

      • The shooter is my son, he is from Connecticut. After shooting Mr. Line and crashing up his vehicle, my son went down into the woods below the road in Forest Glen and committed suicide. His body was found on July 27, 2015. He was cremated at Trinity Hills Funeral Home and his remains are here in CT. My son has severe mental illness and was drug dependent. I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Line and sorry that the other man was injured. I hadn’t seen my son, Scott, in over 9 years, he abandoned his loving family here in Ct.

    • There were no witnesses to this shooting, there was no one besides the shooter, Scott DiMartino and Mr. Steven Line in that trailer when this occurred. I know this because Scott was my son and this information came to me from the sheriff’s office’s investigator. The shooter, Scott DiMartino, committed suicide that same day and his remains were found on July 27, 2015. I am his mother.

  • Once again your article is more informative and intelligently written compared to the Outpost. Most importantly though you choose to respect the victims family and not name names until everyone was notified. Your the best! Keep up the awesome moral journalism!

    • Did you notice that last night a person claiming to be the victim’s daughter posted about it?
      That would seem to be appropriate for journalists to verify with that person and then post the name.
      Waiting for the often slow and ponderous police press release isn’t best journalism practice either.

      • Generally, media does not release the name of a victim until law enforcement verifies that needed family members have been notified. So far, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is withholding the name of the victim.

      • Trinity county takes forever to release info this is a new day after all thats why a lot of us news hounds go to sites like this .

    • Thank you but this one is a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

    • Yeah morally wrong when you post pictures of my dead family members before anyone in my family was notified. thanks a lot. What a way for us to find out . GREAT REPORTING. Do you remember the car wreck a couple weeks ago?

    • You’ve got to be kidding me.

  • There was a flyover earlier by a small plane up and down hwy 36/rattlesnake rd. Just saw a chopper now too but unsure of its role as it continued to fly south of 36

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  • Kym paper is way better than lost cause outpost she reports things that outpost doesn’t if u want to hear something first check the red headed black belt if you want to hear about it first

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