(SAN RAFAEL, Calif.) — A gunman opened fire Monday inside a California rehab center that treats addicts who also have psychiatric problems, killing a man and wounding two others before fleeing, authorities said.
Detectives said they were aware of the shooter’s identity, but would not release the person’s name because of the ongoing investigation. A possible motive was not disclosed.
Deputies who responded to calls that employees at the Helen Vine Detox Center in San Rafael had been shot found three victims — two men and a woman, Marin County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Brovelli said.
The detox center is a licensed 26-bed co-ed residential detoxification program that treats people with alcohol and drug addiction, as well as “co-occurring psychiatric problems.” In 2011, it became part of Buckelew Programs, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling and other services to those with mental illness and addiction in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, according to its website.
Email and phone messages left with the nonprofit were not immediately returned Monday but it said on its website it’s cooperating with the investigation.
“Our hearts are with the staff, clients and families affected at Helen Vine Recovery Center” the nonprofit said on its Twitter account.
The wounded victims were taken to Marin General Hospital, but their identities were not released to protect the investigation, Brovelli said.
Neither he nor a hospital spokeswoman immediately provided information on the condition of the two people who were wounded.