No one caught in multiple vehicle shooting
July 3, 2003
Police have no suspects in a multiple vehicle shooting that occurred in the area between Highway 89 north and Alder Creek Road and Schussing Way on Wednesday afternoon.
Rich Beardsley, one of four victims in the shooting, was headed up Alder Creek Road to go fishing when the back passenger window of his 1999 Chevy Silverado shattered. No one was injured.
“I didn’t realize it has been shot out,” he said from the Truckee police station Wednesday afternoon. “I just thought it had exploded.”
He was driving back into town to look for a car dealer when he spotted a sheriff’s car pulled over on the side of the road.
“I knew something was up when [the officer] got out and had his rifle in his hand,” said Beardsley, a former airline pilot from Bakerville, Calif.
Police officials believe the shots came from minors firing a pellet or BB gun from the hill on the north side of Alder Creek Road. No bullet casings were found in any of the vehicles, and none of the victims were injured in the shootings, police officials said.
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The three-hour search began after Truckee Police received a 911 call reporting the shootings at 3:40 p.m.
“As soon as the [suspects] heard the sirens, we think they took off,” said Truckee Police Cmdr. Scott Berry.
Officers closed the area off to traffic to conduct the search. In addition to Truckee Police, officers from California Highway Patrol, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, Truckee Animal Control and California Department of Fish and Game joined in search for the suspects to no avail.
CHP conducted an air search with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter.
Town of Truckee officials said people do not need to worry about their safety in the area of the shootings.
“If that were a concern, we’d still have the area closed off,” said Alex Terrazas, assistant to the town manager.
At press time Thursday afternoon, investigators were still conducting a follow-up investigation around Alder Creek Drive and surrounding areas, trying to figure out whether the shots came from a crazed gunman or a couple of idle juveniles.
“What if the window was down? That could have hurt me,” shooting victim Beardsley said. “That’s no kid prank.”