15 YEARS AGO: Shootings force government, schools, businesses into stasis
Editor’s note: This story was originally published Jan. 11, 2001 by The Union.
The shootings at the HEW Building and Lyon’s Restaurant on Nevada City Highway triggered a day of confusion and fear among many in western Nevada County.:Schools, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and government buildings were locked down. The Sierra College-Nevada County Campus, although not in session, was also locked down nonetheless.
Businesses in the Glenbrook Basin remained closed for several hours after the shootings. Several did not reopen at all Wednesday. One pizza restaurant stopped delivering orders on Wednesday.
About 15 of the 55 employees of the county Behavioral Health Department were present when the shootings occurred. They were evacuated and later brought to the Rood Administrative Center, where they were interviewed and counseled by crisis officers from the Nevada County and Placer County sheriff’s departments.
Four people, including three HEW employees and one person present at the Lyon’s shootings, were treated for stress at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and released, said Brett Nelson, the hospital’s public relations assistant.
Derry James, who coordinates the hospital’s chaplain services, said counselors will be available during the next few days to help those in need. James declined to say how many had been counseled at the hospital Wednesday.
Lyon’s Restaurant employees gathered at Tuscany Gardens on Nevada City Highway, but no further details about the purpose of the gathering were available Wednesday.
The shootings will be discussed with county employees today at the Rood Administrative Center.
“It’s going to be a hard couple of days,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Elizabeth Martin at one of several press conferences held throughout the day.
About 250 employees work at the HEW Building complex. About 55 employees work in the Behavioral Health Department, where the first shootings occurred.
Offices at the HEW Buildings will be closed until Tuesday, said Pat Ward, staff analyst for the Board of Supervisors.
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