Two hospitalized after South Lake Tahoe shooting
A quiet South Lake Tahoe neighborhood was rocked early Sunday by gunfire that sent a man and woman to the hospital with major and moderate injuries.
The suspect(s) remain at large.
Investigators believe at least nine shots from a .22-caliber handgun were fired at about 3:30 a.m. into the duplex unit 1050 Pine Grove Street. Witnesses told authorities that they saw a male wearing dark, baggy clothes running from the area after the shots were fired.
Three people were inside the home and a woman had just arrived to visit a friend when the suspect(s) opened fire, according to South Lake Tahoe police.
The woman, Kathleen Golleher, 21, was shot once in the knee as she ran for cover. She was listed Sunday in fair condition at Barton Memorial Hospital following knee surgery.
The second victim, Weldon Hall, 21, lives in the house. He was struck by one round each in the shoulder and lower back and was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center in Reno in serious condition with a collapsed lung and shoulder injuries. His condition improved to satisfactory following surgery.
Off-duty police detectives were called in to trace several initial leads. Neither the suspect(s) nor a motive had been identified as of Sunday’s Tahoe Daily Tribune press deadline.
“We are interviewing witnesses who know the people (at the home) to identify a motive and possible suspects based on motive,” said Police Sgt. Les Scott.
Detectives did arrest a 28-year-old man at about 10 a.m. Sunday on unrelated warrants at a home on Keller Drive. Sgt. Scott said this man is not considered a suspect but was questioned as a possible witness.
One of Hall’s roommates, who identified himself only as Paul, said he was asleep wearing his Walkman stereo headphones and did not hear the gunfire.
“I woke up to Weldon saying, ‘I’m shot, I’m shot,” Paul recounted.
Hall remained conscious and calm despite his injuries and called 911 dispatchers to report the incident, according to the roommate.
Roughly a half dozen young adults live in the home and adjoining unit of the one-story duplex. The neighborhood includes several other close knit, twenty-something males and females who often barbecue together and share common interests.
On Sunday, the victims’ roommates, friends and neighbors – about a dozen people in all – spent the morning outside the home consoling each other while police collected evidence. Members in the group planned to visit Hall in the hospital later in the day.
Many were reluctant to disclose their identities out of fear of possible retribution from the person or people who fired the shots.
Among them was a young woman who lives across the street. She described the gunfire as a series of popping sounds.
Startled, upset and extremely angry were the words many used to describe their feelings about the shooting.
“We’re concerned for (Hall),” Paul added. “But he’ll be okay, he’s a tough kid.”
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