Oct 4, 2014 4:36 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
An apparent drive-by shooting that ended in a crash has Chico Police Officers and Butte County Sheriff's Deputies working several crime scenes in the area of Cohasset and Pillsbury Roads, and Manzanita Avenue.
A worker at the Chico Nissan Hyundai Dealership told Action News Now he saw a red sports car chasing a white car at a high rate of speed heading north on Manzanita Avenue. The driver of the white car made a right turn onto Marjorie Avenue behind Flyers, but it's a culdesac ... so they had to turn around. He said that as it drove back toward the red car, a person in that vehicle opened fire with a hand gun.
Witnesses say the two cars then continued up Cohasset Road, and turned in to the North Vally Plaza by Panda Express ... that's where the red car reportedly rammed a white truck, which ended up on it's side. The occupants of that vehicle fled the scene, as did the white car. The red car came to a stop behind Wendy's ... and the suspects fled toward Kmart across Pillsbury Road. Witnesses describe the suspects as Hmong/Asian. It just so happens the Hmong New Year Festival is taking place today at nearby Bidwell Jr. High School. We're looking into that possible connection.
When our reporters arrived on scene three men were handcuffed outside the garden area of Kmart, and the store was being evacuated for a search. An hour later it was cleared for reopening and no further suspects were located.
At this point there are no reports of any serious injuries, but one neighbor who lives on Marjorie Avenue said his air conditioning unit was struck by gunfire.
Officers were busy securing the crime scenes and interviewing dozens of witnesses, and were unable to speak with us at the scene about whether this crime was gang related.
We'll bring you more on Action News Now at 6 and 11 p.m.