A Santa Rosa man is on the run following a shooting at an apparent marijuana growing operation Tuesday in northern Mendocino County, officials said.
Paulino Perez Marin, 47, shot and wounded a 19-year-old Covelo man who had driven to a house on the Round Valley Indian Tribe’s reservation just before 7 a.m. to see a friend, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The victim told deputies he was confronted by Marin, who was yelling and armed with a rifle, when he arrived at the house on Zenia Road.
As the victim fled in his vehicle, Marin fired multiple shots, striking the victim at least once in the torso, sheriff’s officials said. The victim drove to the Covelo Fire Department, where he was treated and then sent to an undisclosed hospital where he’s listed in stable condition, according to officials. The Mendocino County multiagency SWAT team, deputies and the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team responded to the shooting, where they found a commercial marijuana operation. They eradicated 788 plants — each about 8 inches tall — saying the operation lacked evidence the plants were grown for medicinal use or were allowable under state or local guidelines, sheriff’s Lt. Shannon Barney said.
It was unclear whether the victim’s friend was associated with the operation, but he does live on the property, Barney said. Marin is being sought on suspicion of attempted homicide. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 707-463-4086 or the tip line at 707-234-2100.
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