POCATELLO — Police have arrested a 32-year-old man who allegedly shot a local couple Tuesday afternoon while they were sitting in a car parked in the alley behind 424 N. 10th Ave.
The alleged shooter, Steven I. Holmes, of Pocatello, has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery, with a weapon enhancement. Witnesses said the suspect approached the husband and wife and asked them to lend him a cigarette lighter.
Witnesses said the suspect fired a single shot when the victims told him to leave their property.
Pocatello Police Capt. James McCoy said the man and woman were taken to PMC for gunshot wounds to their torsos following the 12:45 p.m. incident. Witnesses performed first aid on the victims, police said.
The female victim remained in critical condition and the male victim had been treated and released at Portneuf Medical Center as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to hospital staff.
McCoy asked that the victims’ identities be temporarily withheld in sensitivity to children who were in the home at the time.
Several officers were searching the neighborhood in the ensuing hours before locating the weapon they believe was used in the shooting. Police were also flying a drone in the area to “get the layout of the scene,” McCoy said.
A next-door neighbor, Taylor Villarreal, said she and a family member, Diana Villarreal, grabbed dish rags and used them to apply pressure to the shooting victims’ wounds, seeking to stop the bleeding.
Taylor said the victims told her the shooter approached them while they were talking inside their car. Taylor confirmed the suspect had requested a lighter and fired a shot after he was asked to leave the yard.
Her account is consistent with other witness reports. Rebecca Scoffield said she came to the area to comfort her nephew, who had overheard the ordeal.
“A guy walked up to a car and asked for a lighter, and they told him to get out of their yard,” Scoffield said, adding the sound of a shot followed.
Stanley McHawes said he heard a popping sound followed by a man and woman screaming.
“The guy was like, ‘I’ve been shot!’ The lady was screaming, ‘Oh my God! Call 911,’” McHawes said.
He said he overheard no argument preceding the shot.
Police shut down the streets and alleys in the area of the shooting and notified the public of the incident using an automated alert phone system.