An Antioch man was in custody Monday, suspected of attempted homicide after gunfire outside of a Rohnert Park motel struck one man, pierced a motel room window and grazed a car.
Rohnert Park police Sgt. Jeff Justice said the arrest of Justin Hoffman, 24, followed a complicated investigation into the early morning clash. At least seven shots were fired, there were two car crashes and a bleeding man disappeared into the night.
The bleeding man and Hoffman apparently got into a confrontation in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn and Hoffman pulled out a gun and fired several shots, Justice said.
The victim walked into the lobby of a nearby motel to report he'd been shot in the leg. But he then left and by Monday afternoon hadn't turned up at any regional hospitals and police hadn't identified him.
Officers went to the Redwood Drive motel after getting a 12:31 a.m. call of shots fired in the parking lot.
They found the parking lot empty except for several spent casings on the ground from a .22-caliber gun.
People at nearby businesses told of an argument, gunfire and then three vehicles quickly leaving the motel headed in different directions.
One of the departing cars held a couple and their 3-year-old child. Officers contacted them nearby and they said they'd left in fear.
The mother and toddler had just gotten into their motel room when a bullet flew through the room window, near the child on the bed, the sergeant said.
The father still was in the driver's seat when the gunfire started. One bullet grazed the family vehicle as the target of the shooting ducked behind it, Justice said.
Police and Sonoma County sheriff's deputies searching the area for participants stopped Hoffman and a friend nearby, who were on foot.
The men told officers they were victims in the shooting, with Hoffman saying he'd been shot at by a man with a gun, Justice said.
The friend's vehicle was parked across the street from the motel, dented from being hit during the parking lot melee and with a flat tire, possibly from gunfire, Justice said.