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Chaos Ensues When Petaluma Man Shot, Wounded In Rohnert Park Motel Parking Lot

Antioch man, 24, arrested in connection with the Monday incident.

Rodeway Inn. Patch file photo.
Rodeway Inn. Patch file photo.
A 24-year-old Antioch man was arrested in connection with a shooting at a Rohnert Park motel early Monday morning, according to the city's Department of Public Safety.

Officers responded to a report of gunshots on the north side of the Rodeway Inn at 6288 Redwood Drive around 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

A guest at Hampton Inn, which is located north of Rodeway Inn, was with a group of people and reported the shooting, according to police.

Arriving officers did not find anyone in the parking lot, but they searched the area with deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office and found .22-caliber casings, four unfired .22-caliber rounds and two bullet holes in the wall of the motel, according to police.

Through an investigation, officers learned that 24-year-old Andrew Hoffman had checked into a room at Rodeway Inn with an associate and a female, police said.

The female was in the room with a 34-year-old man from Petaluma and a disturbance occurred between the pair while Hoffman and his associate were away, according to police.

Hoffman later arrived from Hampton Inn and confronted the Petaluma man in the Rodeway Inn parking lot, police said.

A man and woman with their 3-year-old child staying in the motel drove into the parking lot shortly before the confrontation began. The woman entered their room with the child, according to police.

The man stayed inside his vehicle and saw Hoffman shoot at the Petaluma man, who hid in front of the man's car, where bullets grazed the driver's side of the vehicle, police said.

The Petaluma man then ran towards the motel as Hoffman continued to fire, then fled the scene, according to police.

The female who had been inside the motel room with the Petaluma man also fled on foot, police said. Another bullet went through a window and into the room where the woman and child were, but it did not strike anyone, according to police.

The couple with their child left once the suspects fled and later stopped and told officers what happened, police said.

The vehicle Hoffman's associate was in had a flat tire, possibly from gunfire, and later was found abandoned at a Chevron gas station across the street from the motel, according to police.

Deputies eventually found Hoffman and his associate in the area of a Target store on Rohnert Park Expressway. They initially told authorities they did not know each other, according to police.

The pair later said they went to the motel together and were victims of the shooting there, police said.

Officers took statements from the pair and released them while search warrants were obtained for their room and vehicle, according to police.

Later around 9:30 a.m., a person from a business near the motel called police to report a male was outside holding up a gun and yelling at someone across the street.

Officers responded to the scene in front of Valley Furniture store on Redwood Drive and found the armed suspect was Hoffman.

He was found with an unloaded .22-caliber pistol in his waistband and officers detained him along with his associate, police said.

Investigators determined Hoffman's associate did not play a role in the incident and he was released, according to police.

Hoffman was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling, police said.

Later that evening, the Petaluma man went to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety's main station to report the shooting.

He had suffered a gunshot wound to his leg that was not considered life-threatening, according to police.

The Petaluma man said he initially did not go to authorities out of fear. After he provided a statement, he sought medical treatment for his wound, police said.

--Bay City News

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