Westwood shootout between gun-wielding men leads to one injured, arrested – Second suspect sought

WESTWOOD, Calif., — Authorities say a Westwood gun battle between two men led to one of the gunmen being hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound Saturday evening, October 2. The injured shooter was identified by witnesses of the shooting, which happened in the 300 block of Fir Street, between 2nd and 4th streets. He has since been arrested.

Although the second gunman involved in the shootout has been identified as a local resident with help from witness statements and surveillance footage of the shooting, officials have not yet located or apprehended the man and their search and investigation are continuing.


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Deputies with the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area around 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting, Lassen County Sheriff’s Sergeant L. Johnson has since said of the arrest and ongoing investigation.

When deputies arrived they learned that the two men involved in the shootout had already fled the area in separate vehicles. They quickly found a crime scene in a residential alley and located a witness who called 911 and reported the shooting.

The 911 caller told deputies she had been working in her backyard when she saw a black Ford Ranger towing a utility trailer pull up and park behind her neighbor’s garage in the alley.

As the witness continued watching, the driver of that vehicle, since identified as Nikolas Senavsky, 43, of Westwood, exited the vehicle with a handgun.

A second man who was standing near the garage was also armed with a handgun and the two men “briefly exchanged gunfire and then got into their prospective vehicles and fled the scene,” Johnson described; adding that the second gunman has since been identified as 38-year-old David “DJ” Walker.

Injured in the shooting, Senavsky sought treatment for a gunshot wound at Seneca Hospital in neighboring Chester and was later flown to Enloe Hospital in Chico for further treatment. Although serious, his injuries were not considered life threatening.

When Senavsky was released after receiving treatment Chico PD officers took him into custody. He was later booked into the Butte County Jail until he can be transported to Lassen County to face charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a firearm, according to the Sergeant.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies located numerous spent shell casings, blood evidence and video surveillance from the scene. They also conducted a canvass of the neighborhood in an effort to locate any other witnesses or victims.

As of this morning, deputies have been unable to locate Walker and are continuing to search for him.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation or who knows Walker’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 257-6121. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.