Pellet shootings hit Colfax-Auburn area

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A rash of unnerving pellet-gun shootings has spurred a call by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office for the public’s help in solving what it is describing as a series of vandalism incidents.

The first took place Sept. 8, followed by more more incidents involving pellets being shot at parked or moving vehicles. In once case, a house window was shot, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The six shootings took place between Sept. 8 and 24.

And there’s a pattern, with all six occurring after 8 p.m. and between Fridays and Sundays, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Several victims reported seeing a sedan slowing down in front of their residence and then speeding away after they heard a BB or pellet gun firing and the sound of breaking glass.

One victim reported seeing a long bed, light-colored truck and heard laughter as the truck drove away, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Another vehicle driven by a 55-year-old Colfax woman was struck driving eastbound on Interstate 80, near Clipper Gap, just north of Auburn. The vehicle was damaged from the hit.

No injuries have been reported. The charges range from misdemeanor vandalism to felony endangerment of the public.

Other reported shootings made public were in the 700-block of Weimar’s West Weimar Crossroads and in the 25200 block of Highway 174 in Colfax.

Anyone with information on the case are being asked to contact detective Chris Spurgeon at 530-889-7830. Anyone with information but wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, if the tip leads to arrest, can contact Placer County Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191 or online at