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‘Just panic’ during St. Patrick’s Day shooting

One person sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but it hasn’t been confirmed if it was caused by the shooting
A person on a stretcher is loaded into an ambulance. Taken by Callum Standish at 9 p.m. March 17.

The Chico Police Department received reports of a shooting at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at an apartment complex located at 581 Pomona Ave.

One person sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but it hasn’t been confirmed if it was caused by the shooting, Lieutenant Ben Love said.

Chico police said there were no fatalities. 

An armed officer blocks the caution-taped entrance of the townhome at 9 p.m. Taken by Callum Standish on March 17. 

Police cruisers lined the block of Pomona Avenue and two ambulances were outside of the residence by around 9 p.m.

Officers on the scene encouraged residents to stay inside, and could not comment at the time. 

One resident, Benjamin Waddington, heard a party next door while he was relaxing at home.

“I heard some shots and a guy screaming ‘f— my arm,’ like he got shot. Then I heard a guy say ‘nobody move’ like he had the gun. I didn’t want anything to happen so I locked my door,” Waddington said.

First responders congregate at Pomona Townhomes at around 9 p.m. Taken by Callum Standish on March 17.

He said the scene was chaotic as people fled the complex, “It was just panic, mass panic.”

Waddington’s housemate Josie Walker was driving into the complex just after the shooting occurred.

“Dozens of people were running away as I was turning into my complex, jumping into cars and driving off, just trying to get away,” Walker said.

The townhomes are on the southwestern edge of town, and the unit is at the back of the complex, off of the main street.

“It’s surreal. You wouldn’t think that that would happen on this street either,” Waddington said. 

Waddington estimates the police arrived less than 15 minutes after the shooting. 

The suspect involved in the shooting has not been identified. CPD encourages those with information on the shooting to call 530-897-4911 and reference the case number 24-001837.

Callum Standish can be reached at [email protected].

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Callum Standish
Callum Standish, Opinion and Features Editor
Callum Standish is a third year journalism and news major from Castro Valley, California. Standish is in his second semester on The Orion and now serves as the arts and entertainment editor. He has broad interests in cars, music and the environment. Standish enjoys exploring the nooks and crannies of Chico on his bicycle and wasting time with friends. His goal is to get everyone involved in the community on-and-off campus. 

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