Multiple reports of gunshots near the 700 block of Ukiah’s South Dora Street on the afternoon of Friday, September 10, 2021 led to a lockdown of a local elementary school and a significant law enforcement response.
Ukiah Police Department Lieutenant Andrew Phillips told us the incident involved two separate vehicles in which one occupant shot at the other. He explained investigators are working to determine the identity of the suspects, whether anyone was injured, and the motive for the shooting.
Initial reports received by dispatch indicated two vehicles were involved in the shooting incident, “both of which fled prior to officers arrival in the area,” Lieutenant Phillips explained. As a result, Ukiah Unified School District independently “initiated a lockdown at Yokayo School, due to it being near where the gunshots were heard.”
UPD investigators arrived on scene and began to interview witnesses and review video surveillance. Lieutenant Phillips told us they determined “that a vehicle that was occupied by at least two subjects stopped in the area, a subject exited the vehicle and shot at another vehicle that was passing by.” Subsequently, both vehicles fled the area where investigators recovered expended bullet casings at the scene.
A short time later in the afternoon, “one of the vehicles that was involved in the shooting was located at another location.” Lieutenant Phillips said detectives arrived on the scene a did not locate any subjects related to the incident.
The investigation was complicated by three other priority calls for service that occurred during the same time, Lieutenant Phillips explained. Those calls include a DUI traffic collision, a hold-up alarm at a local bank, and an assault in progress. Lieutenant Phillips expressed gratitude for the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies that assisted as the police resources were strained.
Lieutenant Phillips said detectives continue to investigate this incident including whether there were any subjects injured as well as the motivation for the shooting.
The approximate location of the gunshots on Friday afternoon