Gunman still on the loose following downtown Chico shooting

A gunman has not been arrested following a shooting in downtown Chico that sent one person to the hospital.

Posted: Oct 7, 2021 10:23 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2021 10:25 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Police are still searching for the person who shot someone near Chico's city plaza early Thursday morning.

The victim is still alive recovering in the hospital.

"Not really surprising in this day in age," said Nick Stiles, who lives in Chico. “Lot of hate going around, sad to see."

Investigators said a man who parked his white pickup truck on the street got out and started shooting.

The shooter got back inside the truck and took off leaving one person wounded in the street.

Action News Now spoke with a man who was sleeping at Chico city plaza at the time of the shooting.

He said he heard at least two gunshots that woke him up.

“Pang pang! Kind of like that," the homeless person said.

The man who doesn't want to be identified said he was sleeping on the opposite side of the park.

"The echoes of the sound distortion caused me to think it was even further," the homeless man said.

Not knowing if the shooter was close by, the homeless man didn't move.

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"So I decided to just lay back down and think about it and just be filled with remorse and concern about the person who got shot,” the man said. “And I did hear the screaming of the individual."

"It's definitely unfortunate," said Hallie Green, who works with the Little Red Hen.

The store employs a lot of adults with disabilities and she said the uptick in crime is affecting their businesses.

“One of the reasons why we have decided to change our hours, so we can close earlier so our employees do not have to worry,” said Green.

Overall, Green said incidents like this do not represent what downtown Chico is all about.

“You see our smiles behind our mask and we just ignore what's happening on the streets," Green said.

This happened between Main and Broadway along 5th St. The victim is expected to survive.

A bullet actually grazed another person but it was not a serious injury.

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