LAKEHEAD, Calif. – The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect arrested after a shooting in Lakehead on Sunday morning.
The victims and their families were near the Salt Creek Boat Ramp when they were approached by the suspect, Silas Matthew Hesselberg, 21, from Sacramento, 'for no apparent reason,' according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies said Hesselberg called one of the victims a racial slur and then pulled out a handgun from his pocket and shot both victims.
Deputies said when they arrived at the scene, they located Hesselberg and two gunshot victims. The two victims were taken to the hospital. One of the victims was treated and released the same day, while the other victim is currently in the hospital in critical condition, deputies said.
Hesselberg was transported to the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit where he provided a statement to detectives.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit said it is now investigating this incident as a hate crime.
Hesselberg was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for two counts of Attempted Homicide and one count of Civil Rights Violation and is currently held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to the sheriff's office.
The sheriff’s office added, they will not release additional information regarding the circumstances or language used against the Victim(s) as this is still an active and ongoing investigation.
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