Breaking News: Needles, CA: Deputies have arrested 2 people after discharging handgun multiple times into dirt embankment behind a residence prompting lockdown at Katie Hohstadt Elementary School.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Information)

Needles, California: The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station has confirmed that deputies have arrested 2 people after discharging handgun multiple times into dirt embankment behind a residence prompting lockdown at Katie Hohstadt Elementary School on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at 9:46 a.m., deputies were dispatched to shots fired near Cibola Street and B Street. As a precaution, staff at Katie Hohstadt Elementary School placed the school on lock down.

Deputies arrived on scene and began checking the area. At 9:58 a.m. PT, deputies contacted several subjects near B Street and Bazoobuth Street. A firearm was recovered and two suspects, identified as Tylor Bell and Gerald Franklin, are being detained.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, through investigation, it was determined Bell and Franklin fired a handgun multiple times into the dirt embankment behind a residence.

Bell was arrested for Penal Code 246.3(A) Willful Discharge of a Firearm, Penal Code 29800(A)(1) Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Penal Code 626.9(D) Discharge of a Firearm Near a School. Bell was also found to have a no bail warrant for Penal Code 245(A)(4) Assault with a Deadly Weapon and a misdemeanor warrant for Penal Code 594(A) Vandalism. Bell was transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking. Bell remains in custody pending a court hearing.

Franklin was arrested for Penal Code 246.3(A) Willful Discharge of a Firearm, and Penal Code 626.9(D) Discharge of a Firearm Near a School. Franklin was also found to have a misdemeanor traffic warrant for California Vehicle Code violation, 12500(A), Driving Without a License. Franklin was transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking. Franklin remains in custody on $50,000 bail, pending a court hearing.

Deputies quickly determined this was not a school related incident, and no injuries were reported.   Needles Unified School District was advised and the lock down at Katie Hohstadt Elementary School was lifted.

*** San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: Press Releases: ***

https://local.nixle.com/alert/9443305/

https://local.nixle.com/alert/9444529/

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Alan Pennington or Deputy Bryant Moore at the Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that, “This is a terrible event, especially in light of recent violent events involving or near schools. We are grateful for the rapid response by law enforcement.”

The Needles City Manager is speaking about the deadly school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that occured on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 when a 18 year old gunman gained entry on campus, began shooting and killed at least 21 people, including 19 children and 2 adults.

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