[UPDATE 11:34 p.m.: Interview With the First Person on the Scene] Man Shot in the Chest; EPD Searches for Shooter
At approximately 9:50 p.m., a 38-year-old male was shot in the chest possibly with a shotgun near 9th and N Street in Eureka. An ambulance rushed the victim to the hospital.
Eureka Police are searching for a suspect on foot who reportedly fled with a firearm eastbound on 8th. According to the scanner, the suspect was last seen heading southbound on N Street.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been called in to assist.
We have a reporter on the scene and will update as soon as possible.
UPDATE 11:17 p.m.: WARNING: Graphic description following:
According to Dustin Smith, age 25, of Eureka, the victim appears to have known the person who shot him. Smith was the first on the scene after the shooting. He told us, “I was sitting in my house. I live less than one block away….I heard the shot [and] I ran out of the house with my phone.” He called 911.
Right after he got outside, Smith located the victim who was calling out. “I saw he and his woman yelling for help….I knew I was possibly putting myself in danger but I heard the screams for help so I went,” he explained.
The victim was shot in the back. “The entry wound was right in between his spine and his shoulder blade on the right side,” said Smith. “The exit wound was almost the center of the chest…I’m trained and certified in first aid and CPR,” he explained. “The only thing I had was my sweatshirt to clog the wounds. I did everything I could until the police showed up.”
The woman with the victim identified an individual as the shooter, according to Smith.
Smith was calm when he spoke to us but he said he was a little shook up. “[This] was not something I’ve ever dealt with before.”
UPDATE 7 a.m.: Interview with another witness.