[UPDATE 11:57 p.m.; 101 Open] Gunshot Victims on 101; Major Incident Impeding Traffic by Willits Grade; Medevac Requested

Breaking NewsAt approximately 4:30 p.m. an incident occurred around mile marker 37 on Hwy 101 on the Willits Grade involving a red Chevrolet pickup in the southbound lanes against the center divider. According to scanner traffic, there are at least two gunshot victims with shots to the head.

A Reach helicopter has flown one victim to Santa Rosa Memorial

According to scanner traffic, one person is deceased.

The incident commander is requesting Caltrans come to the scene as this is going to be an “extended investigation.” There is a request for cones and longterm traffic control.

Southbound traffic is being diverted at Ridgewood Ranch onto the Old Hwy 101.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 5:28 p.m.: The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page is reporting this is a fatality.

UPDATE 5:46 p.m.: Video by Robert Morales of the scene. The commentary is not as far as we know accurate but it does show the crime scene.

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.:

 


UPDATE 6:09 p.m.:
According to Jonathan Beck, a truck driver heading north, southbound traffic is backed up at the scene of the accident about a mile and a half long and is also stopped at the Golden Rule Mobile Home village and stopped about another mile and a half. He added that emergency personnel is still trying to get through so if you are stuck in traffic try to move to the right to allow them through.

UPDATE 6:14 p.m.: A BOLO has been put out for a possible witness.
Here is a recording of it below.

UPDATE 6:17 p.m.: According to an email from CHP spokesperson Evie Sabini, “No traffic allowed south. Turning it around to go back North.”

UPDATE 8:22 p.m.: According to a CHP spokesperson, southbound traffic is still closed. Northbound traffic is allowed to go through.

UPDATE 8:50 p.m.: A CHP helicopter is parked just south of the crime scene.

A CHP helicopter was parked on southbound Hwy 101 as of around 8:30 p.m

A CHP helicopter was parked on southbound Hwy 101 as of around 8:30 p.m. [Photo provided by a reader]

UPDATE 9:12 p.m.: The Mendocino Voice has a text message sent out by the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department with new information about a suspect. (See update 8:45 p.m.) Basically, it adds that the suspect is believed to have left on foot and may be hitchhiking.

UPDATE 9:33 p.m.:

UPDATE 10:21 p.m.: Two Men With Gunshot Wounds Found in Abandoned Vehicle on 101 South of Willits

UPDATE 11:57 p.m.: Hwy 101 southbound is open.

UPDATE Tuesday: Son Arrested for Killing Father and Injuring Brother in Shooting That Shut Down Hwy 101 by Willits Yesterday for Hours

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45 comments

  • holy shit, growing season is here.

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  • OM gosh, this is horrible. Prayers for the victims and I sure hope they find the shooter.

  • Wow was this a drive by shooting ? What is going on ??

  • So the dude is eating lunch, driving, and filming. That’s safe or perhaps illegal

    • My thoughts exactly.

    • I have a difficult time believing the person that shot the video actually felt like he was doing something good. Regardless of his comments he was driving a vehicle using a camera and eating!
      This behavior is reprehensible and poses a great risk to everyone on the road.
      There is no question he was breaking the law.

    • Exactly what I was gonna say!! And he’s passing a bunch of cops….

    • I was thinking the same thing…dude is driving, eating an “It’s It” and filming while doing a running dialogue. lordy.

  • Looks like a robbery then chase .

    • Looks like your speculating with a couple facts, what an odd pastime!

    • Victim blaming?

    • What a surprise, your random speculation about a person’s death was WRONG!!! What is wrong with you people, why speculate about a person’s death and go so far as to accuse a dead person of being a fucked up criminal that got shot during a crime? You are very sick and need a new pastime or mental help and that goes to every single one of you sickos that make up shit about dead people, GET HELP!

  • Veteran's friend

    The video guy said “death by cop”
    Is he just blathering?

  • Elric of Melniboné

    Sensitive and compassionate commentary by RHBB ace video reporter Robert Morales.

  • South Fork Eel River

    From the Mendocino Voice…

    Police are looking for an elderly white man with a white beard driving a 1980s green Ford F150 with a camper shell, the man is also described as “Grizzly Adams.” Scanner chatter also indicated that the man may have stopped to pick another person up at the scene of the shooting.

    It’s unclear if he is a witness or a suspect.

  • It says clearly at 00:20 on the audio that the male driver us a suspect. Later, dispatch reiterates that he is a suspect.

  • Video of an ice cream. WOW!

  • Suspect vehicle last reported heading southbound 101 but now MendoVoice is reporting vehicle may be located near Garberville

  • DAMN I love your website Kim . I don’t watch or listen to news anymore. I’m hooked on the Blackbelt!

    • What you on about? This is news, don’t let the venue distract you from that understanding. News with ethics no less

  • some body stole some body’s horse

  • Was that a mint chip its it?

    • Yes. I am jealous. My allergy to chocolate and dairy prevents me from having one but I am happy to have lived vicariously through him for a short time.

  • South Fork Eel River

    The Mendo Voice is now saying the guy has been seen south of Hopland.

  • Concerned Reader

    Does anyone know which cop shot the guy?

  • crazy-ass stuff is happening out there, and it probably was not a random shooting.

  • Thanks to the smartass video comments people now think cops are involved in this shooting.
    What a loser. These people are seriously hurt and one dead.
    Don’t give up your day job to be any kind of reporter
    You lack all kinds of empathy

  • Message from Sheriff’s office,
    THIS IS THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE. WE ARE ASKING FOR CITIZEN ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING THE SUSPECT FROM A SHOOTING THAT OCCURED[sic] ON HIGHWAY 101 BETWEEN UKIAH AND WILLITS. THE SUSPECT LEFT ON FOOT IN AN UNKNOWN DIRECTION OF TRAVEL. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THE SUSPECT IS MALE OR FEMALE, NOR DO WE HAVE ANY CLOTHING DESCRIPTION. SUBJECT MAY BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS. PLEASE CONTACT THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE INCIDENT OR NOTICE SUBJECTS IN YOUR AREA THAT ARE STRANGE OR OUT OF PLACE. ESPECIALLY ANYONE SEEN IN YOUR AREA HITCH HICKING.[sic]

  • As I write this, I am driving on 101n eating nachos and cant help but think how stupid this guy is for filming and eating while driving.

  • It is 1030. They are diverting sb into willits. No estamated time to open cars waiting in line from Willits to head southbound.

  • McSlurm~Moose~Knuckle

    Maybe a hitchhiker shot his picker upper!

  • Retired faithful

    So cars and big rigs are cleared to be diverted into Willits and continue southbound?? My trucks are leaving Eureka now. TIA

  • Wow this is some heavy shyat!

  • What a tragic situation. Now no mention of the green truck and the older man .. now it’s someone ran away. And they’re not sure if male or female. It’s a developing story. Hope they catch them, soon.

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