UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Governor Brown Comments on This Morning’s Shooting in Rio Dell
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has released the names of both parties involved in this morning’s shooting:
The deceased male subject in this case has been positively identified as Terry Allan Hayse, age 57 of Rio Dell. The female subject has been positively identified as Annette Kaleialoha Brooks, age 61 of Carlotta.
UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: Update from the California Highway Patrol:
On April 24, 2017 at approx. 0702 hours, Humboldt CHP was notified of a shooting incident with one subject deceased on scene at the Cal-Trans Maintenance Facility in Rio Dell, CA. CHP and Rio Dell PD responded to the scene and found one party deceased and another person in critical condition with a gun shot injury. The injured person was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital, but later died at the hospital.
At this point, investigators believe that an altercation ensued between a Cal-Trans supervisor and another Cal-Trans employee over a work-related issue. The employee retrieved a handgun and fired several rounds at the supervisor, killing her, before turning the handgun on himself.
The investigation is being handled by Humboldt CHP with the assistance of the the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County DA’s Office, and Rio Dell PD. The names of the deceased will be released by the Humboldt County Coroner after the notification of next of kin.
Any inquires regarding this incident should be directed to the Humboldt CHP office.
UPDATE, 10 a.m.: Capt. Brett Fabbri of the California Highway Patrol, who is at the scene, confirms that one person was killed and another taken to Redwood Memorial.
Both people — a man and a woman — were Caltrans employees, Fabbri said. He declined, at this point in the investigation, to further specify which of the people is suspected to be the shooter and which the shooter’s victim.
The weapon has been recovered and the scene is secure, Fabbri said.
UPDATE, 9:38 a.m.: It seems fairly certain that the shooting left one person dead at the facility. There is a taped-off area directly in front of the entrance to the garage pictured above, and police have placed a small tarp over what appears to be a body. There is a large amount of blood on a stack of material wrapped in white plastic nearby. Numbered evidence markers have been placed around the scene.
UPDATE, 9:30 a.m.: Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty has issued the following statement:
News of this tragedy shocks and saddens everyone at Caltrans. Our thoughts naturally are with the families. The exact details are under investigation and Caltrans is cooperating with law enforcement.
Original Post: Two people were reported shot at a Caltrans facility on the east side of Rio Dell shortly after 7 a.m. this morning. It is believed that one of them was the gunman.
Numerous law enforcement agencies — including the Rio Dell Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Fortuna Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office — are still investigating at the yard on Eeloa Drive.
The condition of the people wounded is unknown at this time.
Medical personnel were called to the scene just after 7 a.m., according to scanner traffic. The original call stated that one person was down at the site, having suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After a few minutes, that was amended to two people down — one them the shooter, the other a victim of the shooter.
After the scene had been secured, an ambulance radioed back to dispatch that paramedics were headed to a trauma unit with one victim who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head with a 9 mm caliber bullet.
Police have not yet made a statement. We’ll update when we know more.