On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 5:09 P.M. the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a gunshot victim at 7128 Happy Valley Road, Anderson. Patrol Deputies responded and upon arrival, they contacted a male and female outside the residence. The male, identified as Michael Patrick Oconnell, 34 years old, reported he shot his friend with a 12 gauge shotgun after an argument. Deputies located a male gunshot victim inside the residence who appeared to have at least one gunshot wound to his torso. The Victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the Victim cannot be released at this time pending proper next of kin notification. Oconnell and the Victim have been living at the residence as roommates.
Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, were called out and took over the investigation. Detectives interviewed Oconnell who was ultimately booked into the Shasta County Jail for 187(a) PC: Murder. The female who was originally contacted with Oconnell by deputies was interviewed and released. Oconnell is scheduled for arraignment on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 1:30 P.M. Detectives and Crime Scene personnel will be working throughout the night processing the scene and conducting follow up. Additional information about this investigation will not be released as it is open and on-going. The Major Crimes Unit is asking anyone that has information about this homicide to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.