A Mendocino County reggae musician was shot to death late Tuesday night during a dispute with a neighbor in rural Redwood Valley, Mendocino County Sheriff's officials said.
The slain man was identified as Jamal Andrews, 30, a member of a band called The High Grade Allstars.
The suspect jailed in Ukiah is Billy Norbury, 33, the troubled son of a respected family that operates a construction company.
The shooting stunned their quiet community located about 10 miles north of Ukiah.
"It's really a shocking thing. Billy's folks are unbelievable. They're just really sweet people," said Barry McKeehan, who lives across the street from Andrews' home and heard the gunshots. His children attended Deep Valley Christian School with some of the suspect's siblings, he said.
Billy Norbury has a criminal record. He was booked Jan. 14 on suspicion of probation violation and public intoxication, according to the Sheriff's website.
The two men's homes are about one-quarter mile apart. Detectives believe Andrews was shot with a rifle that was fired multiple times from at least 50 feet away, said sheriff's Capt. Kurt Smallcomb.
Deputies called to the Road B home Tuesday night found Andrews' body outside of his home.
What caused the confrontation remained unclear Wednesday and detectives delved into the lives of the two men looking for an explanation.
"We're working on that .<TH>.<TH>. ," said Smallcomb. "They didn't know each other well. They'd had contact before."
On Wednesday Norbury remained in the Mendocino County Jail, awaiting court proceedings following his arrest on suspicion of homicide.
An autopsy scheduled for today should determine how many times Andrews was shot, Smallcomb said.
A 911 call was made from Andrew's home just minutes before 10 p.m. Tuesday, reporting the gunfire. Smallcomb said. Andrews' girlfriend was at the house at the time, but he declined to say if she witnessed the shooting or if there were others also at the home. He did say there was at least one witness to the killing.
Andrews' mother answered the phone at the house on Wednesday but declined to comment other than confirm her son was a reggae musician.
Her son's band lost a member to an all-terrain vehicle crash two years ago. The group has played at Reggae Rising concerts and other area venues. Their recordings included "Smoke Weed Every Day" and "Trimmers' Blues."
The gunman apparently left the property on an ATV. Norbury was identified as a possible suspect and deputies went to his residence where they saw items that linked Norbury to the shooting, Smallcomb said.
He wouldn't say what deputies found.
It was the first homicide in many years for Redwood Valley.
"Its doesn't happen very often. I can't really think of anything in the last five or eight years," said Redwood Valley Fire Chief Tom Hession.