Girlfriend wanted to check in suspect in Marin County detox center shooting

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The girlfriend of the suspect in a deadly triple shooting at a detox center in Marin County wanted to check him into the facility, her family members told KTVU.

Brittany McCann, 30, had hoped to drop off her boyfriend Davance Lamar Reed, 37, at the Helen Vine Recovery Center on Smith Ranch Road near San Rafael, according to her father and sister. But instead, Reed opened fire, investigators said.

Nathan Lamont Hill, 52, of Vallejo was killed, and McCann and center worker Anthony Mansapit, 32, were injured in the shooting early Monday morning.

Hill and two other people were shot at about 1:30 a.m. at the Helen Vine Recovery Center at 291 Smith Ranch Road north of San Rafael in unincorporated Marin County.

McCann and Mansapit are being treated at Marin General Hospital with injuries described as life threatening.

Friends say McCann and Reed have a 7-year-old son together. A friend of McCann told KTVU the victim is a "genuinely empathetic person" who was only trying to help Reed.

In a jailhouse interview with KTVU crime reporter Henry Lee, Reed denied being the shooter.

"I didn't shoot nobody," he said. "I shouldn't be here."

His voice could barely be heard. He said he was in withdrawal from a Xanax addiction.

The suspect was arrested after an unrelated pursuit about an hour after the shooting. 

The chase started when a Hyundai Elantra without a rear license plate or left rear brake light was spotted by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy weaving on northbound Highway 101, said sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum. The Elantra belongs to the mother of shooting victim Mansapit.
The driver fled until he ran over a spike strip on the highway near Golf Course Drive, investigators said.

Sonoma County sheriff's deputies did not know when they booked Hill into jail that he was the suspect in the rehab center shootings, only learning he was wanted in the crime a couple of hours later, Crum said. Xanax pills were found in the car, authorities said.

Marin County sheriff's officials said Reed made admissions in jail that tied him to the shootings.

Reed remains in custody. He made a brief appearance Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court, where a judge increased his bail to $50,000. He returns to court Nov. 15.