The suspect denied responsibility for the shooting.
A suspect in Monday’s shooting at a California recovery center is now in custody, according to authorities.
Authorities believe Davance Lamar Reed was the person who opened fire at Helen Vine Detox Center in San Rafael early Monday morning (Nov. 5).
Helen Vine, on Smith Ranch Road, is a licensed 26-bed co-ed residential detoxification program for people with alcohol and drug addiction as well as co-occurring psychiatric problems, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Three people were shot—leaving one dead and two with life-threatening injuries.
The deceased victim was identified as Nathan Lamont Hill, 52. The two injured are 32-year-old Anthony Dominguez Mansapit, an employee at the facility, and 30-year-old Brittney Kehaulani McCann. As of Monday, they remained in intensive care at Marin General Hospital.
McCann is said to have a dating relationship with Reed, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. The Marin resident, who friends say has a 7-year-old son with the suspect, was trying to drop Reed off at the recovery center, but instead he began shooting, according to her father and sister.
The shooting victim is a “genuinely empathetic person” who wanted to help Reed, a friend told KTVU.
Reed was arrested for an unrelated incident that occurred about an hour after the shooting. Police began pursuing Reed after spotting his Hyundai Elantra, which belonged to the mother of shooting victim Mansapit, weaving on the highway, according to KTVU.
It was not until later that police learned that Reed was a suspect in the shooting at Helen Vine Detox Center.
According to the sheriff’s office, Reed “made admissions that tied him to the crime scene” at Helen Vine.
The suspect denied responsibility for the shooting. “I didn’t shoot nobody. I shouldn’t be here,” he told KTVU from jail. He said he is withdrawing from a dependence on Xanax. The anti-anxiety drug was discovered in the vehicle he was in during the police chase that ended in his arrest.
Reed is being held at Sonoma County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 15.
Buckelew Programs, the non-profit organization that oversees the program at Helen Vine and other facilities in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, expressed its condolences in a social media post: “Our hearts are with the staff, clients and families affected at Helen Vine Recovery Center.”