1.31.2008

TS - Two arrested in connection with drive-by shooting

Two arrested in connection with drive-by shooting
The Times-Standard
Article Launched: 01/31/2008 01:12:20 PM PST

Two men were arrested this morning on charges of attempted murder in connection with a weekend drive-by shooting that injured two men who were driving along Hubbard Lane in Eureka, officials said.

Gregory Manuel Zambrano, 20, and Christopher Glen Hightower, 22 -- both of Fairhaven -- were arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and conspiracy. Both men had bail set at $500,000 and are expected to be arraigned Monday.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force. At about 6 a.m., one search warrant was served at a residence on the 2200 block of Lindstrom Avenue in Fairhaven. The second warrant was served a short time later at a residence on the 1700 block of Myrtle Avenue.

During the search on Lindstrom Avenue, deputies learned that a suspect was at nearby residence. Law enforcement personnel went to that residence just down the street, secured the perimeter and ordered the occupants to exit the residence, officials said.

Five people exited and two were arrested. After everyone left the residence, flames were seen inside. The fire was extinguished by the Samoa Peninsula Fire District and the Arcata Fire Department. Its cause is under investigation.

The shooting occurred early Saturday morning as two unidentified men were driving along Hubbard Lane, which is off Myrtle Avenue.

According to reports, another vehicle approached their car and a single round from a shotgun was fired into the car. Both men were stuck, but drove themselves to a local hospital. One victim was treated and released, while the other was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

The Sheriff's Office reported that evidence indicates the shooting not to be a random act.