Neighbors React to Oroville Apartment Shooting

Oct 9, 2013 7:39 PM

Shots ring out in Oroville today, in a dispute between two different groups of people.

“I hadn't heard fire like that since I was in the service.”

Lonnie Tillman, a resident at 1872 5th Avenue in Oroville is a south central Los Angeles native and retired service member, so gunshots don't scare him. But Wednesday's situation surely shocked him: A mid-day shooting in the parking lot of his apartment complex.

“I was coming out to smoke myself a cigarette and about 10-15 seconds later boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, and I look around and next thing you know it's a crime scene,” Tillman said.

Part of that crime scene includes his 1990 Cadillac, caught in the crossfire with the roof punctured by three bullets.

“All the work I was having done to it, now I gotta do some more work, but that's how it goes sometimes,” Tillman said.

Austin Costa lives upstairs from Tillman with his fiancé and newborn daughter, and had a birds-eye view of what happened from his window.

He says he saw several white males pull up in a white Chevy pick-up and black Honda Del Sol. He said the driver of the pick-up got out, and opened fire on a white SUV.

“It all happened pretty fast, he didn't waste time taking aim. He pretty much fired shots and left,” Costa said.

Costa said he then saw a Hispanic female and black male get into the white SUV and flee.

“They looked more like they were going to go after the other two vehicles,” Costa said.

Oroville police are still investigating, and looking for all cars involved.

If you have any information, call Oroville police at (530) 538-2448


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