Chico PD investigates reported shots fired incident on W. 1st Ave

Jan 22, 2014 2:27 PM

(UPDATE) 3:55 p.m.- The Chico Police Department has released more information regarding the fight with possible shots fired incident on the 600 block of W. 1st Avenue this afternoon.

Over the last few hours, officers have pieced together “the following incomplete and somewhat confusing account of what happened”:

Prior to the first 911 call at 12:18 p.m., witnesses in the neighborhood reportedly saw two men in a black station wagon physically fighting inside the moving vehicle. The car then came to a sudden stop in a parking space on the south side of W. 1st Avenue. One of the men in the car then began yelling at “unknown subjects” in the area. Witnesses then told police they saw one of the men outside the car with a tire iron in his hand then heard a sound consistent with a gunshot. After the sound was heard the vehicle sped away from the scene west down W. First Avenue followed by a tan SUV.

During their search of the scene officers found several pieces of what appeared to them to be broken tail-light lenses, but they could not confirm if this evidence is related to today’s incident. No victims were located.

Anyone with any information regarding today’s incident is urged to contact the Chico Police Department.

The Chico Police Department continues to investigate a reported shots fired incident on the 600 block of W. 1st Avenue this afternoon. Lt. George Laver of the Chico Police Department indicated W. 1st Avenue was closed for a short period but reopened around 1:15 p.m.

Around 12:20 p.m. Chico Police Dispatch received approximately five to ten 911 calls regarding a fight between four white males with some of the witnesses stating they heard multiple gunshots. Witnesses told officers the incident began just after 12:15 p.m. when two white males in a black sedan got into an altercation and two other white males in a tan or gray SUV arrived and joined in the altercation. After the first calls of shots fired were reported to dispatch, the four men fled the scene in the two vehicles and headed west towards N. Cedar St.

Officers are continuing to search the area for the suspect vehicles.

At this time investigators have not found any bullet holes or shell casings at the scene of the incident, but Lt. Laver did indicate one witness may have seen one of the suspects with a crowbar. The crowbar, according to Laver, may have been used against the side of a car, thus giving off the similar sound of gunshots.

There were no reports of injuries. The Chico Police Department anticipates releasing more information this evening.


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