Woman wounded when man opens fire on house in drive-by shooting

Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal Chubbuck police at the scene of a drive-by shooting on Monday in which a man opened fire on a house in the 500 block of Briarwood Street. A woman inside the home was wounded by the gunfire.

Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
Chubbuck police at the scene of a drive-by shooting on Monday in which a man opened fire on a house in the 500 block of Briarwood Street. A woman inside the home was wounded by the gunfire.

CHUBBUCK — A man opened fire on a house in a residential neighborhood here on Monday marking the second time within the last two weeks that Chubbuck was the scene of a brazen shooting.

A woman inside the home was wounded by the gunfire, while during the previous shooting a man was fatally shot outside a convenience store in broad daylight along one of Chubbuck’s busiest streets.

Monday’s incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. when an individual in a car opened fire on a house in the 500 block of Briarwood Street in what police are investigating as a drive-by shooting.

Police said the shooter fired about six rounds at the single-story modular home, which sits on the corner of Briarwood and Eagle Drive. The woman, whose name has not been released, was inside the house when she was wounded.

Other people were also inside the residence at the time and police said it’s fortunate no one else was hit by the gunfire.

The wounded woman was transported via Pocatello Fire Department ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello where she was treated and released, police said.

Chubbuck police said witnesses reported that the shooter was in a newer white hatchback car with three other individuals. The vehicle was last seen heading east on Chubbuck Road in the area of the Bannock County fairgrounds.

The shooter is described as being a white male approximately 5 feet 7 inches in height with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing a black baseball hat and black clothing.

If you have any information about the shooting, please contact Chubbuck police immediately at 208-237-7172.

The public is being warned against approaching the shooter in any way.

“Do not attempt to take action on your own as the suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous,” Chubbuck police said via a press release.

This is the second shooting Chubbuck police have responded to within the past two weeks.

The earlier shooting occurred on the afternoon of Sept. 29 when police say Anthony Leinweber, 38, of Chubbuck, fatally shot Robert Phelps, also 38, of Chubbuck, in the head with a pistol during an argument outside the Jacksons convenience store on Yellowstone Avenue. Leinweber remained at the scene and surrendered to responding Chubbuck police officers.

He is being held at Bannock County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly killing Phelps. Leinweber faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

Authorities said that Leinweber and Phelps were business associates who had a falling out.

Police have not yet provided any information as to why the shooter opened fire Monday on the house on Briarwood but they did say “all indications are that this was not a random shooting.”