A teenage girl lost her life, and five others were injured after a drive-by shooting took place in Chico, California. The shooter targeted a group of people gathered in an apartment complex parking lot around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Seventeen-year-old Justina Stubbe was fatally shot, while the other five victims, aged between 17 and 21, were swiftly taken to the hospital. The group had attended a large party in Chico, approximately 90 miles north of Sacramento, earlier that night.
Chico Police Lt. Terry Tupper stated that investigators are still currently searching to find a motive for the shooting. He emphasized that the incident was not random but could not confirm if any specific victims were targeted.
Family members and friends have expressed their condolences and support for Stubbe’s family. A GoFundMe campaign was created to help the deceased victim’s family with funeral expenses, which had raised $4,565 as of Sunday afternoon.
Two victims, a 17-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man, were admitted to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 19-year-old man remains in stable condition. Additionally, 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man have been discharged from the hospital.
Police have deemed the shooting an isolated incident and assured the community there is no ongoing threat. Investigators are actively pursuing substantial leads in their search for a suspect.
In a separate incident earlier that night, police took one individual into custody for possessing a firearm at another house party in the area. A second individual was arrested at the same party for firearm possession and reckless discharge.
Chico Police Chief Bill Aldridge reported that officers were previously dispatched to the area just before 3 a.m. after a fight broke out when a party guest was asked to leave. During the altercation, one person was allegedly struck on the head with a firearm, while another was hit with a glass bottle.