No plea from shooter

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

The man accused of killing Susanville resident Rory McGuire during a July 2 car chase made his second appearance in Plumas County Superior Court on Monday, July 18.

Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, Nev., has yet to enter a plea in the case.

During Monday’s arraignment proceedings, Wallin-Reed was represented by attorney Richard Young, of Reno, whom he has retained in place of his appointed Plumas County Public Defender Doug Prouty.

Plumas County Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman granted Wallin-Reed’s request for a continuance until Aug. 04.

Wallin-Reed is charged with murder for the July 2 shooting of Susanville resident Rory McGuire. Photo by Shannon Morrow

At that time, Wallin-Reed is expected to enter a plea for the murder charge, and seven other felony counts he faces, stemming from the shooting near Antelope Lake.

A shackled Wallin-Reed entered the nearly empty Quincy courtroom wearing a protective vest.

Sitting in a seat usually reserved for a jury member, Wallin-Reed met briefly with his new attorney, Young, and attorney John Ohlson, of Reno, who will be assisting Young in the case.

The proceeding lasted just a few minutes before the court was recessed and Wallin-Reed was escorted out of the courtroom.

Wallin-Reed was arrested July 3 for the July 2 shooting of 20-year-old McGuire and two other Susanville men.

The charges were upgraded to murder July 4 after McGuire died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

An investigation into the shooting has yet to find evidence that McGuire or the five other men in his car were armed.

Wallin-Reed faces eight felony counts, including murder, after he admitted opening fire on the Susanville men during a car chase near Antelope Lake.

Wallin-Reed called the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office after the shooting. He said the men stole solar lights from his residence along the Janesville grade. Officers later found two solar lights in the men’s car.

According to the 911 phone log, Wallin-Reed said during the call that one of the men in the fleeing car driven by McGuire fired a shot at him.

Wallin-Reed was charged with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of an assault weapon.

Officers said Wallin-Reed, who is reported to be a former Army Ranger, had a .380 handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle in his possession.

McGuire, who was shot in the head and hand, was life-flighted to Reno.

Two of the passengers in the car, Justin Smyth and Robert Osornio, sustained gunshot wounds to their lower legs.

Smyth, 20, was flown to Enloe hospital in Chico where he reportedly underwent at least one operation for a bullet wound in his calf. He had been listed in serious condition and was released July 7.

Osornio, 19, was transported to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. He was soon released with a bullet reportedly still lodged in his lower leg.

The other three passengers — John Chanley, 20; Richard Chanley, 19; and Cesar Gonzalez, 20 — escaped serious injury.

The events surrounding the shooting are still under a joint investigation by the sheriff’s office, the district attorney’s office and the Department of Justice.

According to information provided for the investigation, Wallin-Reed began to chase the six men after he discovered them outside his residence, located about nine miles from Antelope Lake.

The men fled the residence by car and headed in the direction of the lake.

Wallin-Reed followed them in a pickup.

The men said Wallin-Reed was firing a gun while closely pursuing their car.

After driving about seven miles, McGuire entered a gravel road. He reportedly made a spinning U-turn and returned in the direction of Wallin-Reed’s truck in an attempt to escape.

That is when Wallin-Reed reportedly fired several AR-15 rounds at the passing car, striking McGuire in the head.

The car drifted off the side of the road and came to a stop in a meadow.

At that point, the men said Wallin-Reed got out of his truck and approached them, carrying the assault rifle.

They said Wallin-Reed spoke to them. There are unconfirmed reports of what was said.

At 11:29 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Plumas County sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call from Wallin-Reed.

The 911 call log indicates Wallin-Reed reported that he had shot someone on top of the Janesville grade.

The log entry stated, “He thinks he shot the driver.”

According to the report, Wallin-Reed told the dispatcher that the suspects were armed.

At 11:34 Wallin-Reed agreed to drive to the dam at Antelope Lake to meet with deputies.

At 11:52 a person called 911 to report two of the victims with minor injuries had arrived at Long Point campground on Antelope Lake.

The 911 call log stated the vehicle containing the injured men was located on Forest City Road, between Long Point and Lone Rock.

Dispatchers began making calls for emergency medical assistance just minutes after Wallin-Reed reported the shooting.

Wallin-Reed, who has no prior criminal record, was arraigned Tuesday, July 5. He waived his right to fight extradition in the event that he makes bail and leaves California.


In a July 13 story it was reported that AR-15 assault rifles are illegal in California. That was incorrect. Some versions of AR-15 rifles are legal.


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