CHICO, Calif. - After a Thursday afternoon drive-by shooting prompted two schools to lockdown and a perimeter to be set around South Chico apartments, a manhunt is underway for the suspect.
"He just drove by them and shot out his window. I saw all the smoke come out and that was pretty much it and he drove off super fast towards Marsh and I called 911," said an eyewitness at the shooting. "I was scared and paranoid because initially when I first saw the gun I was in a panic because you never think you're gonna see a gun out in daylight."
Chico Police believed they cornered the suspect at the Murphy Commons Apartments behind Marsh Junior High but when they entered the apartment they thought the suspect was in, it was empty.
Erin Pinkston, who lives in the Murphy Commons, told Action News Now she tried to keep her young daughter away from the windows in fear that a bullet might come through.
The standoff lasted for more than six-hours with neighbors saying it was very scary and stressful because of how close the situation was.
"The only thing I could feel was that pain in my heart," said one woman who lives in the apartments. Her daughter attends Little Chico Creek Elementary. "My child was gonna be on lockdown and all I wanted to do was just get my daughter... All I wanted to do was get my baby and make sure we get home."
"I make sure that it's a safe environment for my child, but it wasn't a safe environment - not for me, not for anybody," she continued. "And you know, like I said, it affects us all."
After several calls to Chico Police, they said this is an active investigation and they are not releasing any more information.