Antioch man in jail for shooting
Multiple shots fired in incident at motel in RP
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By Dave Williams  June 20, 2014 12:00 am

Officers from the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety arrested an Antioch man for suspicion of attempted homicide after multiple shots were fired outside a Rohnert Park motel on Monday, injuring one man.

RPDPS officers arrested 24-year-old Justin Hoffman for the shooting, which apparently was triggered by a conflict over a woman. 

A Petaluma man was hit in the left leg with one of the seven bullets fired from the .22 caliber gun. Also, there was a bullet hole in the window of one of the rooms at the Rodeway Inn on Redwood Drive, as well as two bullet holes found in a wall of the motel.

Witnesses told officers of an argument, gunfire and then three vehicles fleeing the scene, all going in different directions.

One of those cars that left was carrying a couple and their 3-year-old child. The mother and child had just entered the motel room when a bullet flew through the window near the child on the bed, according to RPDPS Sgt. Jeff Justice. The father was still outside in the driver’s seat when the gunfire started. One bullet grazed the family vehicle as the victim ducked behind it. They were stopped by the RPDPS nearby and told officers they had left the motel out of fear.

The victim, a 34-year-old Petaluma man, ran into the office of the Budget Inn next door and told the clerk he’d been shot. The clerk started to call the police, but the victim fled, returning to the area where the shooting occurred. 

Local hospitals were checked to see if the victim had checked himself in, but he had not.

Officers from the RPDPS and deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for those involved with the shooting and stopped Hoffman and a friend, who were on foot. The two men claimed to be victims of the shooting, with Hoffman saying he had been shot at by a man with a gun.

The two claimed not to have known each other but later said they’d come to the motel together. They said the shooting was related to a female they had just met and were hanging out with at the motel. Officers took their statements and released them while a search warrant was being prepared for their motel room and vehicle.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., a caller from a business near the Rodeway Inn reported a male was outside the business brandishing a gun and yelling to someone across the street. Officers responded and located the subject in front of the Valley Furniture store. The subject was discovered to be Hoffman, who had an unloaded .22 caliber pistol in his waistband.

Further investigation revealed Hoffman, his friend and the female had checked into the Rodeway Inn. The female had been in the room with the victim while Hoffman and his friend were away, and there had been some sort of disturbance between the victim and the female.

Hoffman, according to the police report, confronted the victim. During this confrontation, Hoffman’s friend drove up near then, and then Hoffman began shooting at the victim. The victim fled toward the motel while Hoffman was still firing shots at him. Hoffman’s friend fled in his vehicle with a flat tire but abandoned his car at the Chevron station across the street after backing into a tree. Hoffman fled on foot.

At around 6:20 p.m., the victim came to the RPDPS Main Station to report the incident. He said he had not initially sought medical treatment for his gunshot wound out of fear, but he eventually gave his statement to police.

Hoffman was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail for attempted homicide, assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling. His friend was deemed not to have anything to do with the shooting at the time and was released.

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with any information is encouraged to call (707) 584-2600.

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