BURNEY, Calif. - A man randomly shot his rifle at an apartment complex in Burney, injuring one person Saturday, said the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies got a call around 12:30 a.m. about a gunshot victim near the 38000 block of Lassen St.
Within minutes, deputies arrived to find the victim and later air-lifted him to a Redding hospital to undergo surgery.
The victim is currently in critical condition.
Deputies interviewed some witnesses and they told authorities that an unknown man, later identified by deputies as Leslie Paul Patterson, 39, of McArthur, fired into a second story apartment through multiple windows.
The man who was shot was a tenant and was exiting the residence when it all happened, witnesses told deputies.
Luckily, the other residents of the apartment complex took cover and no one else was injured during the shooting.
Deputies then started collecting evidence and discovered that an armed man (Patterson) had a blue car parked near the Burney Theater, officials said.
Then deputies began driving towards the theater and noticed the blue car leaving the area.
A traffic stop was then conducted for the blue car, they later detained Patterson, the driver, and found a loaded rifle inside, officials said.
Patterson then admitted to deputies that he fired those shots near the apartment complex and could not tell authorities why he did it.
Patterson also says he did not know anybody inside the apartment complex.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office suspects the shooting was random; the gunshot victim only received one bullet in his body.