Homicide Investigation Update

Case # 23-002879


As previously reported by Chief of Police B. Aldridge during his press conference later that morning, on 05/06/23 at approximately 0330 hours, CPD officers were dispatched to a shooting near the 1000 block of Columbus Avenue.  Several callers reported that unknown suspect(s) fired multiple rounds from a moving vehicle before fleeing the area.  Responding officers identified six victims at the scene who were struck by gunfire.  With one victim refusing, five of the victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment.  Sadly, one of the victims did not survive. 

Whenever a victim loses their life to criminal acts, the Chico Police Department is generally slow to publicly confirm the victim’s identity.  First, to avoid potential misidentification, the victim’s identity must be accurately verified.  Second, next of kin notification must be made, and family should be given time to grieve and personally notify other loved ones.  Third, out of respect for the victim’s family, they should be extended the courtesy of official notification of our intent to release before we publicly confirm the identity.

Earlier this morning, detectives re-contacted the victim’s family.  With the blessing of her next of kin, the victim’s identity is confirmed to be 17-year-old Justina Stubbe.   

We also understand that the public has questions and concerns about the ongoing investigation.  We want to assure our community that all available CPD and allied agency resources are diligently working to bring this investigation to a thorough and just resolution.  As information that doesn’t compromise the investigation becomes available, it will be promptly released.

We are continuing to ask that anyone with information related to this incident contact the Chico Police Department Detective Bureau at 530-897-5820.

Location: 1000 block of Columbus Avenue, Chico, CA

Case Number:  23-2843

Victim:  Justina Stubbe, age 17

Suspect(s):  Unknown

Supervisors: Det. Sgt. Dane Gregory and Det. Sgt. Nick Bauer

Commander: Investigations Lt. Brian Miller    

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