Arcata Police Lt. Ryan Peterson said a shooting occurred at the intersection at H and 14th streets at around 8:50 a.m. today, with a male firing multiple times at a vehicle. The driver fled the scene in the vehicle and the shooter fled north on foot toward Humboldt State University and Highway 101, according to Peterson.
"(They're) still out there," Peterson said. "As it stands right now we're trying to figure if it was an argument or fight."
Arcata police Sgt. Bob Martinez said seven bullet casings have been recovered, which were fired from a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. Two of the bullets hit the wall of the Carriage House Apartments, with one of those going inside an apartment. Another bullet struck a nearby van. The four other bullets have not been recovered, possibly due to them striking the target vehicle.
The police department is in contact with Mad River Community Hospital should anyone with a gunshot wound come in, according to Martinez.
The shooter is described as a medium height, heavy set young adult black male wearing a dark hoodie and a shiny jacket. The vehicle that was fired on is described as a two-door Pontiac. No details on the driver are known at this time, according to Peterson.
Peterson said no one has been reported as injured. Local residents and Humboldt State University was notified by the Arcata Police Department of the shooting.
Update from HSU:
Campus remains vigilant following off-campus gunshot
Earlier this morning Arcata Police received a report of gunshots in an area west of US 101. Although there was an initial report that an individual may have fled in the direction of the campus, law enforcement has indicated that there is no evidence that those involved entered the campus. The University Police Department is working with the Arcata Police Department to ensure the safety of the campus. While we should all remain vigilant, at this point there is no emergency on campus and operations are normal.
An employee at an Arcata bank on the H and 15th Street and I and 16th streets block who asked not to be named said the bank has reopened after what might have been a shooting incident in the area.
Multiple calls to law enforcement agencies have not been returned and no official details have been made available.
One caller, whose wife was in the bank when it was placed in lockdown, said that law enforcement officials are asking local residents to lock their doors and windows. A reporter is currently on scene and will provide more details when they become available.