An investigation into the July 2 shooting death of Susanville resident Rory McGuire, 20, has yet to find evidence that he or the five other men in his car were armed.
Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, Nev., faces eight felony counts, including murder, after he admitted opening fire on the Susanville men during a car chase.
Wallin-Reed, who called the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office after the shooting, said the men stole solar lights from his residence along the Janesville grade. Officers later found two solar lights in the men’s car.
Wallin-Reed said that one of the men in the fleeing car driven by McGuire on that late Saturday night fired a shot at him.
“If that was the scenario, the charges that have been filed in this case would have been entirely different,” Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister said. “But that scenario (exchange of gunfire) is not something that I have seen from the evidence.”
This sign warning trespassers is posted at the Janesville grade residence of Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed. Wallin-Reed has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Susanville resident Rory McGuire. Photo submitted
Wallin-Reed is charged with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of an assault weapon.
Officers said Wallin-Reed, who is reported to be a former Army Ranger, had a .380 handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle in his possession. Both of the weapons were equipped with laser sights.
An AR-15 is illegal in California. The rifle is similar to the M16 series used by the U.S. military.
McGuire, who was shot in the head and hand, was life-flighted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where he died at 6 p.m. on July 4.
Two of the passengers in the car, Justin Smyth and Robert Osornio, sustained gunshot wounds to their lower legs.
Smyth, 20, was flown to Enloe hospital in Chico where he reportedly underwent at least one operation for a bullet wound in his calf. He had been listed in serious condition and was released Thursday, July 7.
Osornio, 19, was transported to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. He was soon released with a bullet reportedly still lodged in his lower leg.
The other three passengers — John Chanley, 20; Richard Chanley, 19; and Cesar Gonzalez, 20 — escaped serious injury.
News of McGuire’s death stunned the Susanville community.
“This is tragic,” said Rudy Valentine, owner of Iron Horse Gym where McGuire worked. “He was just here, and now he’s gone. It’s sad. It’s kind of a shock.”
The events surrounding the shooting are still under a joint investigation by the sheriff’s office, the district attorney’s office and the Department of Justice.
According to information provided for the investigation, Wallin-Reed began to chase the six men after he discovered them outside his residence, located about nine miles from Antelope Lake.
The men left the residence in a four-door sedan and headed in the direction of the lake.
Wallin-Reed followed them in a 2004 GMC diesel pickup.
The men said Wallin-Reed was firing a gun while closely pursuing their car.
One of the men reportedly removed a white T-shirt and waved it in an attempt to make Wallin-Reed stop shooting.
After driving about seven miles, McGuire entered a gravel road.
Possibly thinking the road was going to end, he made a spinning U-turn and returned in the direction of Wallin-Reed’s truck in an attempt to escape.
That is when Wallin-Reed reportedly fired several AR-15 rounds at the passing car, striking McGuire in the head.
The car drifted off the side of the road and came to a stop in a meadow.
At that point, the men said Wallin-Reed got out of his truck and approached them, carrying the assault rifle.
They said Wallin-Reed spoke to them. There are unconfirmed reports of what was said.
At 11:29 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, Plumas County sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call from Wallin-Reed.
The 911 call log indicates Wallin-Reed reported that he had shot someone on top of the Janesville grade.
The log entry stated, “He thinks he shot the driver.”
According to the report, Wallin-Reed told the dispatcher that the suspects were armed.
At 11:34 Wallin-Reed agreed to drive to the dam at Antelope Lake to meet with deputies.
At 11:52 a person called 911 to report two of the victims with minor injuries had arrived at Long Point campground on Antelope Lake.
The 911 call log stated the vehicle containing the injured men was located on Forest City Road, between Long Point and Lone Rock.
Dispatchers began making calls for emergency medical assistance just minutes after Wallin-Reed reported the shooting.
Wallin-Reed was arrested the following day.
Wallin-Reed was booked into the Plumas County Jail where he is being held on $1 million bail.
He was arraigned Tuesday, July 5, and he waived his right to fight extradition in the event that he makes bail and leaves California.
Wallin-Reed, who has no prior criminal record, is scheduled to appear in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy on July 18.
The Plumas County Public Defender’s Office represented Wallin-Reed at the arraignment. But who will provide his future representation has not been determined.
A past encounter
Janesville resident John Bevins said he was collecting firewood from a downed tree near Wallin-Reed’s residence about a year ago. Bevins said the tree was on U.S. Forest Service land adjacent to land where Wallin-Reed lived.
“This great big guy comes up to me with three big dogs and he’s got a gun on his side,” Bevins recalled. “The guy said ‘what the (expletive) are you doing on my property?’”
Bevins said he tried to explain that he wasn’t on Wallin-Reed’s property, but soon realized Wallin-Reed wasn’t going to back off.
“I could tell the guy was really angry,” Bevins said. “And he had on an Army Ranger shirt. You don’t wear an Army Ranger shirt unless you were an Army Ranger.”
Bevins left. But not before noticing a sign near Wallin-Reed’s driveway.
The sign read: WARNING
YOU ARE ENTERING THE R.O.C.
This is a restricted area. Only Red Blooded Patriotic Christian Americans Are Authorized For Access Upon Approval And Verification Of Credentials By The Commanding Authority
The Use Of Deadly Force Is Authorized For Use On Those Found In Non-Compliance With Above
While watching television news with his wife July 4, Bevins said he saw the report of the shooting with Wallin-Reed’s photo.
“I told my wife, ‘That’s the guy! That’s the crazy guy!’”
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