Suspect on the loose after battle axe attack


REDDING, Calif. - Redding police are looking for a man considered armed and dangerous after a violent battle axe attack Saturday afternoon.

The suspect in the attack is a local transient, 32-year-old Shannon Sewell, aka "Nightmare."

Redding police responded to the call for an attack that happened around 4 p.m. Saturday on the 3600 Block of Churn Creek Road.

There they found 30-year-old Daniel Blair, of Redding, suffering from multiple puncture and stab wounds to his upper torso.

Blair says he was trying to recover a stolen cell phone at a nearby residence when he was confronted by several people who lived there.

When he attempted to leave the home, he says he was followed by several residents along with Sewell, who attacked him with a battle axe, striking Blair's right arm and eventually leaving the battle axe lodged in his chest.

Blair attempted to defend himself with a baseball bat and believes he was able to strike Sewell with it.

Blair was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

Sewell is a local transient who police said is out on post-release community supervision as part of AB-109. Investigators said he is a convicted felon with a history of violence using firearms. He's considered armed and dangerous.

Sewell is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing shorts and no shirt.

Anyone who sees him is asked to maintain a safe distance and dial 911.