Suspects sought in North Coast crossbow killing

EUREKA — A man and a 16-year-old girl were on the loose Monday after shooting two transients, one fatally, with a crossbow in a heavily wooded area of coastal Northern California, sheriff's officials said.

The suspects, also transients, apparently thought the victims had stolen from their transient camp, according to Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Morey.

The shooting occurred on Sunday. Deputies responded to a report of an injured man on the side of a road in Eureka around 12:30 p.m., Morey said. The caller said the man appeared to have been shot twice with an arrow, and there were two people fleeing the area on bicycles.

A witness attempted to detain the people, but they fled into a heavily wooded area, Morey said.

Deputies found a 41-year-old man suffering from three crossbow injuries. He was treated and released at a hospital.

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