Yesterday’s crime scene. Photo by John Ferrara.

Press release issued last night by Arcata Mayor Susan Ornelas:

This morning’s shooting on the Plaza is very disturbing. Our community is again shaken with violence and the trauma of great injury and loss of life.


The City appreciates the support that Humboldt State University provides to patrol the downtown on busy weekend nights. Our hearts go out to the injured University officer. The job of protecting our community can be dangerous and difficult. I am deeply grateful for the commitment that our peace officers make to our community every day and night.

As Mayor I will continue to work with the community to find solutions to reduce crime on the Plaza and restore safety for all our residents. This will include working with the City’s Public Safety Task Force and the meetings the Council will hold on student safety starting this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

There will also be a community-initiated meeting on Plaza safety this Thursday, September 14, at 6 p.m. at the Jam, located in Arcata on the corner of 9th and H Streets.