In a strange and terrifying incident, a doctor and father of three was shot dead Friday in the woods east of Oroville, near Downieville, Sierra County over the holiday weekend, while traveling with his son. 15 years. The son escaped the incident and survived, but spent 30 hours in the woods alone before being rescued.
The victim has been identified as Ari Gershman, 45, of Danville, according to ABC 7.
According to a GoFundMe page published on behalf of the Gershman family, Gershman was off the road “in his new 4-wheel-drive Jeep with his son, Jack” at the time of the shooting by a “random gunman.” “He died doing what he loved with his son in an area that he expected to retire in a day,” the page says.
A report from The Union newspaper in Nevada County describes a separate shooting that injured two people who happened before this on Friday. In that incident, two people were shot and wounded near the city of Brandy around 4 pm and were treated at an area hospital.
Local authorities say they later received a call from a minor, presumably the next day, who had been reported missing, who reported the location of a “third shooting victim.”
A suspect was arrested not long after.
“Shortly after locating the minor, law enforcement officers encountered the suspect in the shooting while driving alongside the highway,” the statement said. “Officers tried to arrest the suspect, but he fled south on Saddleback Road to Downieville.”
The suspect was reportedly arrested a mile north of Highway 49, and his identity has not been released. Plumas County Sheriff’s officers and the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol were involved in the search for both Jack Gershman and the suspect.
The crowdfunding effort for the Gershman family is for funeral and other expenses, and reveals that Paige, now a single mother of three, is receiving chemotherapy for cancer.