Residence Shot up in Manchester Today; One Woman Dead

Homicide InvestigationThis is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty

On November 19, 2017 around 5:43 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office started receiving 911 calls from the 500 block of Rancheria Road, in Manchester CA, regarding a shooting that occurred at a residence.  The callers indicated there were two females, a 32 year old adult and a 15 year old juvenile, who had been struck by gunfire.

Patrol deputies responded from Point Arena, Fort Bragg and Ukiah.  Upon their arrival they discovered the 32 year old female unresponsive and the 15 year old female wounded but alert.  Medical personnel were summoned but the 32 year old was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The female juvenile was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where she was treated for a gunshot wound and was later released from the hospital.

The Mendocino County Detective Unit responded to assume the investigation, assisted by Investigators of the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, as well as Criminalists from the California Department of Justice Criminal Laboratory in Eureka.  Witnesses indicated that an unknown assailant came to the house while the occupants were sleeping and fired numerous shots from the outside, striking both females who were inside the residence.  There were numerous other parties inside the residence at the time but no one else was injured.

A vehicle was heard leaving the area in a rapid manner.  The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who may have information related to this incident to please contact the Sheriff’s Communications Center at 707-463-4086 or to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 707-234-2100.



  • Bet its exboyfriend/husband. We need to take domestic violence seriously.
    And why are shooters tox screens never made public???

    So sorry for them, what trauma to be shot and see a loved one killed in front of you at 15.
    Sending luvs to friends and family! ♡

  • Racist remark

  • Isn`t it most likely this is a “hate crime” perpetrated by violent white racists? There seems to be a lot in the mainstream media about racist, facists, even Nazis running around and how dangerous they are. If the victims were Native Americans, and it seems most likely they were, given the location, aren`t the most likely culprit(s) some variety of Nazi, facist, KKK or other dangerous racist? Who else would have done this? From the information in the article, the house was specifically target, was known to be occupied by Native Americans, therefor, the only reasonable explanation is what I`ve elucidated above. Let`s hope they`re soon caught.

  • I knew the woman and her niece. They were not druggies nor involved in cannabis. From what I gather from the family, the shooter is known and shot through the house in a random fashion. They occupants were Native and were known activists fighting for Native Rights.

  • I was the 15 year old girl who was shot. We were doing nothing wrong and the bullet was intended for someone else not me or my aunt who was killed. R.I.P. Nicole Smith

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