Woman arrested in shooting
A Williams woman was arrested on suspicion of three gun-related felony charges on New Year's Eve after the Colusa County Sheriff's Office received a call of shots fired on Freshwater Road near Danley Road near Williams.
Felony accusations against Rhonda Leigh Souza include possession of ammo by a felon, felon in possession of a firearm and receiving known stolen property. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon while in a vehicle.
According to Colusa County sheriff's Lt. Shane Maxey, deputies were dispatched to the area at 9:07 p.m. Dec. 31 after receiving a report of shots fired. At 9:15 p.m., two people were seen leaving the area in a silver Dodge Neon.
Williams Police Department officers were put on alert because of the proximity to Williams.
An officer from the department stopped a vehicle matching that description at Freshwater Lateral Road and Virginia Way, the occupants of which were Souza and an unidentified Hispanic male.
"The subject stated she had a gun in her purse. From her purse, we did recover a loaded handgun," Maxey said.
A Colusa County sheriff's deputy arrested Souza at 9:56 p.m., the booking report said.
Maxey said the handgun had been reported stolen last year and apparently belonged to Souza's son.
Sgt. Ed Anderson of the Williams Police Department said the gun recovered was a .22-caliber long-barrel pistol.
"They drove to an empty field, where they thought was safe, and went and fired into the field," Maxey said. "It's a pretty rural area."