HOOPA – Authorities are looking for a person of interest in a shooting that took place in Hoopa Saturday, March 21 and left two people with injuries from gunshot wounds and one man dead.
Daniel Peter Colegrove, age 73, of Hoopa was shot during the altercation and died later at a hospital in Redding.
At about 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the Kimaw Medical
Center in Hoopa regarding a 31-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound. While the deputy was responding to the medical center, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received another report regarding two more male gunshot victims at a residence on Redwood Grove Road off Pine Creek Road in Hoopa.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded to the residence on Redwood Grove Road.
When officers arrived on scene, they located two male gunshot victims, ages 73 (Colegrove) and 29. Officers spoke to witnesses at the scene, who identified Rodney Vincent Ortiz, 52, as the suspect who allegedly shot the victims with a handgun. After the shooting, Ortiz fled the scene in a 2011 silver Toyota Rav4 with his son, Vincent Rudy Ortiz, 25. All three of the victims were flown to a trauma hospital in
Redding. As of Monday, Colegrove was listed in critical condition, but he later succumbed to his injuries and died. The 29-year-old victim was listed in serious but stable condition and the 31-year-old victim was had been released from the hospital.
On Sunday, March 22 at about 8 a.m., Eureka Police located the Rav4 parked and abandoned on the 600 block of Summer Street in Eureka. The vehicle was seized as evidence and will be processed for any possible evidence at a later date.
At about 6:40 p.m. Sunday, a Eureka Police Department Police Officer on patrol saw Rodney Ortiz walking in Winco Foods parking lot. Ortiz was taken into custody at gunpoint by the officer without incident. Ortiz was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on suspicion of attempted homicide. Ortiz’ bail was set at $1.5 million.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there was no information about whether the charges would be amended.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Vincent Rudy Ortiz, who currently has a no bail felony arrest warrant for a parole violation. Vincent Ortiz, described as a Hispanic male, 5’ 7”, 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair, is considered armed and dangerous.
The motive of the shooting is currently being investigated by detectives with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.