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Update: Suspect Surrenders in Paintball Gun Shooting

Derrick Smith, the final suspect involved in a campus paintball gun shooting incident in July, has turned himself in, according to University Police.

Smith is alleged to be involved in a paintball gun shooting that took place early July 27 and left one person injured. Smith was traveling in a black SUV on L.K. Wood Blvd. when the incident occurred.

University Police have been investigating the incident since that time. In late July, police arrested 18-year-old Benjamin Clay Albright, of Arcata, who identified three other suspects allegedly involved in the shooting.

The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office has charged Smith and Albright with Assault with Force Causing Great Bodily Injury [PC 245(a)(4)] and Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury [PC 243(d)].

Aug. 18, 2015 Update

Update: UPD Arrests Suspect in Paintball Gun Shooting

Humboldt State University Police have arrested a man and identified three other suspects in the paintball gun shooting which took place near campus in July.

The 18-year-old suspect, Benjamin Clay Albright, of Arcata, was allegedly the driver of the SUV involved in the July 27 incident that left one man injured. The shooter is believed to be one of the three passengers, according to UPD Lt. Melissa Hansen.

Police confiscated the paintball gun used in the shooting, said Hansen.

July 29, 2015 Update

Police Investigating Paintball Gun Shooting

Humboldt State University police are working closely with the Arcata Police Department in investigating a paintball gun shooting incident that occurred early Monday morning.

The victim was shot in the eye at about 1:30 a.m. as he was walking along the edge of campus. He was treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and has since been released.

The incident was initially reported to Arcata Police. However, it was later determined that it occurred along LK Wood Blvd. and within the jurisdiction of HSU’s police department.

The suspect or suspects may have been driving a black SUV of unknown make or model, and a related incident may have occurred earlier in the City of Arcata. University Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident call Sgt. Chance Carpenter at 826-5555.