[UPDATE] ‘I Witnessed a Shooting in Front of the Tea Gardens in Arcata’
“I witnessed a shooting in front of the Tea Gardens…,” explained Jade Simmons. She said she was walking west when she saw two men “running up a grassy embankment.” They were so close, she said, “I thought they were going to run into me.”
Another person was coming towards her. “There was guy in front of me,” she explained. “He had a handgun.” The man shot past her twice towards the two running men.
“I ran and I think…he shot again,” Simmons said. She rushed past the shooter, she explained because she thought he was focused on getting the running men and not her. She said she wanted to get out of the way. When Simmons had gone about a block west, she said she turned around and saw the two running men getting into the back of a sedan.
“I think there must have been someone in the driver’s seat,” Simmons said because the sedan took off. It had been facing west but it turned around and left towards the east. She described the participants in this shooting incident as young–about college age.
Arcata Police confirmed they received at least one report of shots being fired near the intersection of 11th and F Streets at approximately 8:40 p.m. According to scanner traffic at the time, at least one person reported hearing two shots. A spokesperson for Arcata Police declined to answer any questions about the incident on Tuesday night. “We haven’t finished investigating,” the spokesperson said.
Simmons, the young woman, said that after the shooting, she went to a nearby business and reported what happened in a call to law enforcement.
According to Simmons, the whole incident “seems pretty alarming for a Tuesday night.”
UPDATE: Press release from Arcata Police:
Officers contacted a witness who saw two subjects running up the dirt embankment from the Tea Garden Apartments (1120 F St) to 11th St. Moments later a third subject ran out from the area of the Tea Garden Apartments and fired two gun shots at the first two subjects.The two subjects were last seen getting into a tan or gold sedan, similar to an early 1990’s Toyota Corolla. The vehicle then left the area eastbound on 11th St. The third subject, who fired the shots, left the area in an unknown direction.The shooting suspect is described as a Black Male Adult approximately 20-25 years old 6 feet tall with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and a baseball style hat.Officers checked the area and found bullet casings on the ground near where the witness reported the shots. There was no evidence found on scene of anybody being struck by one of the bullets.If anybody witnessed the crime or knows the whereabouts of either the victims or the suspect, please contact the Arcata Police Department.
Note: illustration from City of Arcata and here.