Updates on shots fired at Bishop Shell Y Mart Monday January 7




“Bishop Police Department has ruled out the possibility of two or more suspects fleeing the scene in the suspect vehicle.  The female driver was solo and apprehended earlier this morning.  See update 2.  Therefore, no outstanding suspects.  The investigation is ongoing with a press release likely later this afternoon.
Dynamic response and great team work! Thanks for the assist Mono County Sheriffs Office, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Inyo County Sheriffs Office, CHP, Fish and Wildlife, Inyo County District Attorney’s Office, and Ridgecrest Police Department’s K9 unit.”
Sierra Wave Media thanks all the above as well. As additional verified information and or press release details are available we will post to sierrawave.net and ALt 92.5.

10:30am: UPDATE 1/7/2020

Jeff Hollowell

SHOOTING UPDATE  :Sierra Wave  Media News staff  will continue to search for VALIDATED facts about this incident.

Inyo County Sheriff Jeff Hollowell’s report at today’s Board of Supervisors included additional
information on Monday evening’s incident at the Wye Shell Station.
The incident was an attempted car-jacking and there is no verified description of the male still at
The victim, who shot one of the assailants, was in surgery this morning. According to Hollowell,
this victim got into his car following the shooting and backed away from the assailants. He added that
until the video is available, there is confusion as to who was the shooter and the number of people
The Sheriff’s department SWAT unit was called in as were units from Mammoth, Ridgecrest and
Mono County. The primary agency at the incident was Bishop Police Department.


*******UPDATE TUESDAY 1/7/2020  7am

Sierra Wave  Media News staff has been and will continue to search for VALIDATED facts about this incident.

Two people were shot, one fatally Monday early evening at the Shell Y Mart north of
Bishop. No officers were injured.
Little details are available, but here’s what we’ve learned. Again, no official statement
has been released. One of the injured alleged robbers turned herself in but a male was still at
large as of late last night.
The incident started with an attempted robbery. An armed employee shot and killed
one of the robbers. The employee was shot and transported to Northern Inyo Hospital.
All communication was shut down and the communities of Laws and Rudolph Road
area, off Hwy. 6, south of Chalfant, were put on Code Red lock down.
A be-on-the-lookout was issued for a white Ford Escape with a female driver wearing a
beanie. The female called 911 from Jean Blanc Road near the canal and turned herself in.

Update: 8:30pm 1/6/20

This in from Inyo County Sheriff’s office: Code red issued in the Laws and Rudolph area. Possible Armed suspect- residents in this area advised to lock down and shelter in place.

Update: 8pm 1/6/20

Bishop Police confirm two shot, one deceased. Scene locked down. Law enforcement looking for armed suspects near Jean Blanc Road.

This  posted at 6:50pm 1/6/20 :Sierra Wave Media is investigating this story and will publish facts once verified.


For the safety of Peace Officers all Scanner information is suspended. Current information indicates two people shot and transported to Northern Inyo Hospital. BOLO issued for white Ford Escape wagon.

As validated information becomes available and is safe to post, we will update this story.


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29 Responses to Updates on shots fired at Bishop Shell Y Mart Monday January 7

  1. Andrew January 6, 2020 at 9:27 pm #

    Who was shot? Male, Female, names?

    • Kat Greenman January 6, 2020 at 11:05 pm #

      It may 24 hours before we receive official notification. Stay tuned to sierrawave.net or tune in to Alt 92.5 for updates.

  2. TheDudesDad January 6, 2020 at 10:17 pm #

    Was told attempted car jacking?

  3. David Dennison January 7, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    ,,,Aside from the store cashier getting wounded and putting LE and private citizens in harm’s way for a while,sounds to me like this story,and attempted robbery has a happy ending…

    • Bob Loblaw January 7, 2020 at 3:39 pm #

      Am I to understand that you think the local citizenry and law enforcement were somehow put in more danger with one of the robbers being shot by his intended victim instead of moving on happily to his next armed robbery where his victim may have died? Or did I misunderstand something?

      • David Dennison January 8, 2020 at 6:23 am #

        Bob Loblaw….huh ?…can’t understand what your saying there,so I think you misunderstood something…

        • Bob Loblaw January 8, 2020 at 10:12 am #

          It sounded to me like you implied that the would be victim endangered the cops and the public more by killing the Guy who tried to rob him at gunpoint.

          • David Dennison January 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

            Bob Loblaw…..not at all saying that…to put it bluntly,trying to say Bishop and other small towns here in the Sierra and elsewhere no longer have to worry about this criminal drawing down on them, maybe getting away and moving on with his life…no more robberies in this guy’s future…

          • Bob Loblaw January 8, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

            @David- Evidently I misunderstood you. Your comment seemed like you were blaming the would-be victim for putting people in harms way. My mistake.

    • David Dennison January 7, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

      Looking at my above post,my bad for choosing the words “happy ending”,maybe could’ve used better words to say…maybe like this could’ve turned out a LOT worse had the criminal gunman maybe shot and killed the cashier or customers in the store,or if he did successfully car-jack the vehicle,maybe having an accident during a pursuit injured or killed innocent people on the highway..if he had a successful robbery,how long would it be before he did it again,maybe thinking the little Mom and Pop stores here in the Owens Valley were easy targets and marks for him and his buddies…having been a victim of a strong-armed robbery in a store I was working back in the late 90’s,and the guy having gotten away with doing it,I wonder how many times he’s done the same thing since and gotten away with it,.,or worse maybe shot and killed someone if he met much resistance while doing it…at least this guy won’t have that chance for more victims along his merry way through life..

    • Sierra Lady January 7, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

      It wasn’t the clerk who was shot…read the full press release: https://www.uspdhub.com/OnlineBulletin.aspx?&BLID=FMBawSOA4aw%3D&ts=202001071717169746&fbclid=IwAR0yE1qEVbmLPuZKJWC21yPnr-TlU47e_SkAK6ckidp5BrgHB8VVoytOlB4

  4. stuffhappens760 January 7, 2020 at 6:38 pm #

    And this is just another story that should be out there to the people in California to show that guns can save lives when in the hands of a responsible gun owner. Hopefully more stories like this can help stop the attack against our 2nd amendment.

    • Steve January 8, 2020 at 8:29 am #

      Judging by the votes on your comment, it makes it seem the deceased already has a fan base. I’m not at all surprised.

  5. Mono Person January 8, 2020 at 11:12 am #

    Instead of “Don’t mess with Texas” – it’s “Don’t mess with Bishop!”

  6. greg January 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm #

    David, make a decision! If you are implying that an armed citizen put others at risk, you are correct. There is always risk when a weapon is presented. How do you feel about the armed asshole that attempted to rob the gas station? Do you think he put the public at risk? Get back to your play station in momma’s basement. Don’t come out until you have accomplished something.

    • David Dennison January 8, 2020 at 3:42 pm #

      greg….Don’t be stupid…what you are saying I never said..when I stated putting LE and others at risk,I was refering to the criminal attempting to car-jack and/or rob the store…your smart-ass comment there at the end I won’t even address…don’t be a dumb-***…

  7. Old Timer January 8, 2020 at 12:33 pm #

    Getaway driver’s name is Brandee Sue Trujillo, wonderful looking gal.

  8. Tinner January 8, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

    So, the bad guy with a gun was killed by a good guy with a gun, that’s the bottom line.
    As much as the gun grabbers of this country don’t want to hear it, chalk one up for the 2nd Amendment, the Constitution and WE THE PEOPLE, WE WON!

  9. S. Brown January 9, 2020 at 8:38 am #

    Lots of permit holders in Mammoth too. Tweekers be warned! Stay out of our town as well or you’ll end up like your buddy – with two in the chest. #2A

    • Stacy L Shofner January 12, 2020 at 1:56 am #

      You should really know what your saying before you talk shit 1 the people involved where not “tweakers”as you put it nor where they from bishop idot 2 in the chest huh so because someone made a huge mistake because of a dumb bitch who pushed him over the edge he deserved to die??? Your about a dumb bitch get your facts straight before running your mouth he was actually a good man who made a bad choice like alot of us do!!!!

      • David Dennison January 12, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

        Stacy….the bad choice he made was thinking he could come here to the Owens Valley and car-jack and/or rob a store,and then go on his merry way through life,surely commiting more strong arm crimes along the way…blaming the girlfriend for leading him astray?…gimme a break !…..you pull a gun on someone,let alone fire the gun,you get what’s coming….or was it,let me guess….he had no intention to rob anyone,and he was only “defending” himself…where,in all actuallity,if things had gone his way,he’d be driving off into the sunset with a stolen vehicle and a bunch of someone else’s cash…with a dead body lying by the gas pumps other than his own…

      • Chris January 13, 2020 at 6:37 am #

        Stacy, one of Mr Blankenship’s Facebook friends stated that he was “on one” when this happened. If not a tweaker, does that mean he was a junkie? And it sounds like he just recently got out of jail? It’s pretty laughable to see his friends lamenting his death, saying he went out like a gangsta and that he’s gone to Valhalla… I don’t think that’s how Valhalla works.

        Anyway, I hope they can raise more than $45 for Harold’s funeral.

  10. Jennifer January 9, 2020 at 8:52 am #

    Finaly! The p.o.s. met his match. The guy that killed the p.o.s. is a hero! It’s not poor dead criminal. What’s sad is that the hero will live with this whole situation for the rest of his life. I hope the girl that fled changes her life for the better.
    Community needs to rally and stand strong for their hometown hero!
    Crime is out of control! Bishop is peacefull so far. Allow these p.o.s to get away with a crime more will follow guaranteed.

    • Old Timer January 9, 2020 at 12:46 pm #

      I don’t think when you are 46 years old you rate being called a “girl”. I hope we get some background info on these 2, I’m curious.

      • Roy January 9, 2020 at 1:33 pm #

        The woman is a fugitive from New Mexico wanted for escape…There is no doubt she is not what you might call a upstanding lady.

    • Stacy L Shofner January 12, 2020 at 1:52 am #

      The guy that was killed was not a piece of shit he made a bad choice like all of us do those who judge dont matter and those who matter dont judge

      • Steve January 12, 2020 at 4:49 pm #

        He tried to murder somebody for a set of wheels. Yes, he’s a total POS.

  11. Bishop Local January 10, 2020 at 9:46 pm #

    I think this HERO should be the Grand Marshall of Mule Days!

  12. David Dennison January 13, 2020 at 8:34 am #

    Bishop Local….IMO,the guy did the right thing, defended himself,and possibly saved the lives of others by doing what he did..what a firearm and a CCW holder is meant to do….but I doubt he feels he should be “hero-worshiped” for doing it…ask any Law Enforcement Officer that’s engaged with and had to shoot someone and they will tell you it’s a traumatic experience for them as well, having to do,and not something they want a pat-on-the-back or being named a Grand Marshall for doing…


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