On September 23, 2017, Tristan Taylor, 19 years of Redding, arrived at Shasta Regional Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound. Redding Police Officers contacted Taylor that morning and were provided with very little information.
The Redding Police Department Investigations Division has been conducting follow-up on this case for the past two weeks. Information was developed which identified the suspects as Chad Tomblin, 18 years of Redding, and Sean Magana, 22 years of Redding.
On October 4, 2017, the Redding Police Department served a search warrant at 2199 Princeton Way. Tomblin was taken into custody without incident on a warrant related to this case. He was transported to RPD Investigations for questioning.
On October 4, 2017, the Redding Police Department served a search warrant at 1024 Nighthawk Lane. Magana was detained without incident and transported to RPD Investigations for questioning.
The Redding Police Department SWAT Team was utilized in the service of both search warrants due to the nature of the crime.
The investigation revealed Tomblin and Magana drove to the Winco parking lot on Old Alturas Road during the early morning hours of September 23rd to conduct a narcotics transaction. Victim Taylor and several associates arrived at Winco to meet with Tomblin and Magana. During the transaction something went wrong, causing Victim Taylor and his friends to flee the area in their vehicle. Tomblin and Magana gave chase west on Highway 44 to the Sundial Bridge exit. The chase continued on several downtown streets, with numerous shots fired at the vehicle Victim Taylor was in. One of the rounds fired penetrated the vehicle and struck Victim Taylor.
Chad Tomblin was booked into the Shasta County Jail for attempted homicide, shooting into an occupied vehicle and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
Sean Magana was booked into the Shasta County Jail for attempted homicide, shooting into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and possession of cocaine for sales.
This is still an active investigation. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Redding Police Department Investigations Division at 225-4200.