At least 10 Redding Police Department vehicles gathered along South Street at about 1 p.m. today in response to what some neighbors said was a shot fired by a woman inside a small tan-and-brown house.
Yellow caution-tape wrapped around giant Sycamore trees and blocked entrance to the nearby sidewalks and the driveway that led to a cluster of modest homes, including the house of interest.
Around the corner, along Continental Street, officers went door-to-door in the humid, 114-degree heat as they alerted people to a possible danger and suggested residents evacuate the area, or remain inside behind closed doors.
One man, who wouldn’t give his name, stood on the corner of Continental and South streets as he watched and waited to return to his home, which he said was next door to the activity.
“All’s I know is an old woman fired a gunshot,” he said. “I think police are worried that she might shoot again. Maybe she’s dead, or maybe she’s alive and she’s sitting there with a loaded gun. I don’t know.”
One neighbor, who also asked to not be identified, said he didn’t know the name of the woman who lived inside the small brown house, just east of a large South Street apartment complex. But he said he knew her well enough to have done some work for her from time to time. The man described the woman as in poor health, and needing assistance.
“Oh, I helped her a couple of times, moved a package inside her house for her, things like that,” he said, adding that he believed the woman to be in her 70s or 80s.
“I try to help the elderly, but in this neighborhood, I also keep to myself as much as possible.”
He explained that in this area of the Garden Tract neighborhood, police visits are common, and the neighborhood is a frequent victim of vehicle thefts and break-ins.
Another man, who resides directly across the street from the police-barricaded driveway, said he’d lived there for five years, and his only complaint is the speed that traffic hurtles down South Street. The man said he was listening to music on headphones when he heard a sound that made him come outside. He said police arrived shortly afterward.
“The woman, I don’t know who she is,” he said.
By shortly after 2 p.m. South Street had returned to normal, and all police and emergency vehicles were gone.
Police press release to follow.