Neighbors on edge after 20-year-old was shot in Chico neighborhood


CHICO, Calif. - A 20-year-old woman is spending Christmas recovering at Enloe Medical Center. Chico Police said she was shot Sunday night at about 8:20 p.m. in an alley between West 1st and West 2nd Avenue.

"Oh my gosh, that's crazy," said Mackenzie Terry, visiting a friend a home just steps away. "We didn't hear anything, we just saw the police lights and then we came out and saw them putting up the caution tape, [and] we saw an ambulance driving out of the alleyway."

The woman was transported to Enloe Medical Center. Police said they're not releasing her name, but did tell us she is in stable condition.

The alley where she was found suffering from a gunshot wound is right behind Warner Street Grocery and Deli.

"It freaks me out, I got nowhere to hide," said Lusan Whitaker, a homeless woman who walks through the alley numerous times a day to pick up recyclables.

She said every shooting she hears of makes her more afraid of being outside with no protection and alone.

"It's hard, I don't even want to be outside, I could be the next person, you could be the next person," said Whitaker. "We both could be the next person. You know what I'm saying, it's scary."

Police said they don't yet have a suspect description and the names and details of those involved are not being released to protect the integrity of the investigation. The incident has left the neighbors in the area a little uneasy this Christmas, hoping that the suspect doesn't strike again. 

"That's very scary that someone random... You could just be walking home and some random person could just shoot you, it's horrible," Terry said.

Others said even if it wasn't a random act, the violence has to stop.

"Young people and violence, it's terrible," said Malcolm Allen, a man who walks his dog in the area. "I mean it's bad if two 50-year-olds get in a fight but, you know, kids, they got their whole lives ahead of them."

Chico Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Chico Police Department at 530-897-4900.

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