UPDATE, SUNDAY, 8:14 a.m.: Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department reports that the suspects’ vehicle has been found, but the suspects themselves are still at large.



UPDATE, SATURDAY, 10 p.m.: Eureka Police Captain Steve Watson says the suspects have been spotted in Eureka:

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UPDATE, SATURDAY, 6:03 p.m.: Lt. George Cavinta with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told the Outpost over the phone that three individuals were flown out of the area for treatment after today’s shooting on Pine Creek Road. He could not confirm their condition.

No suspects have been apprehended at this time. A be-on-the-lookout alert was issued over the scanner for 52-year-old Rodney Ortiz and his son 25-year-old Vincent Ortiz. The two are thought to be driving a silver Toyota RAV4. The pair are considered armed and dangerous.

Hear the BOLo below.

—Andrew Goff


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UPDATE, SATURDAY, 4:25 p.m.: The Times-Standard gets Sheriff Mike Downey on the line. He speaks of “possible fatalities.”

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Numerous law enforcement and rescue agencies are responding to a location near the Hoopa Rodeo Grounds right now, where at least two and possibly more people have been shot and gravely injured. Several helicopters are being sent in to the Hoopa Airport to airlift the victims.

The Sheriff’s Office seems to have gotten the initial call shortly before 2 p.m.


It might be a while before we get more solid information, this being the weekend, but people on the ground say that three people in total have been wounded, and law enforcement is searching for the suspect. A vague description of the suspect from scanner traffic is included in the audio below: