At about 7:00 last evening a National Park Ranger was driving on Highway 96 near Orleans and heard several gunshots. The ranger checked the area and found a gunshot victim under the Red Cap Road Bridge. An officer with the Yurok Department of Public Safety arrived to assist and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office sent two detectives and an evidence technician to the scene.
Early reports to the Sheriff’s Office were that the victim was female. However, that information was incorrect; the victim was William Carl Moon, 30 of Hoopa. Moon had been shot two times in the upper body but was conscious and responsive. He was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition last night. The investigation is continuing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.
During the initial response to the call last night, Deputy Sheriff Michael Hass was involved in a traffic collision. Deputy Hass was en route to the scene of the shooting when he had to swerve to avoid a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road. Deputy Hass collided with the rock face in the area known as the Hoopa Bluffs on Highway 96. The California Highway Patrol investigated the collision and determined it was a non-contact hit and run. Deputy Hass was evaluated at a local hospital did not appear to be injured.