In late July we reported on a Hopland man who had been shot in the chest requiring a medevac to an out-of-town hospital.
We recently learned that Mendocino County law enforcement is actively searching for 37-year-old Redwood Valley man Jesse James Connolly who has been charged with attempted murder for his suspected role in the Hopland shooting.
A criminal complaint filed by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office reveals Connolly is suspected of using a firearm in an attempt to murder Joel Jesus Ramos on July 30, 2023. He has been formally charged with felony attempted murder.
There are multiple warrants out for Connolly associated with two previous felonies and one misdemeanor. As per the Mendocino County Superior Court Case Information Portal, a “declaration in support of a warrant” has been filed for separate attempted murder charges.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Quincy Cromer told us Connolly is suspected of shooting Ramos outside a residence located on the 13000 block of Nokomis Road within the Hopland Rancheria.
Lieutenant Cromer told us law enforcement responded to “a possible shooting in Hopland” around 9:53 a.m. on the 30th and learned that a “possible shooting victim was reportedly being transported by private vehicle to Hopland CalFire.” The patient was “transported to an out-of-county hospital for an apparent gunshot wound.”
Scanner traffic from that morning indicated the victim was shot in the chest.