The Arcata Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a man found in a tent around 11 p.m. Oct. 18 near the Mad River.
Lt. Todd Dokweiler said officers arrived at the scene after receiving a report of a possibly deceased man in a tent north of the Carlson Park area of Valley West and found the 33 year old, who appeared to have been shot. His name is not currently being released pending additional notification of kin.
A crime scene investigation was initiated, Dokweiler said, and numerous people who were interviewed in the green belt area reported hearing gunshots that afternoon.
“This homicide does not appear to be random and is likely the result of an ongoing dispute,” Dokweiler told the Journal.
The APD’s investigations commander said the man was a local resident who had been living in various locations around Arcata and Blue Lake.