Homeless Woman Shot Dead By Two Teens 'Hobo Hunting' With Air Rifle: Prosecutors

homeless woman fatally shot hobo hunting by two teens california
Source: San Diego District Attorney's Office

William Innes; Ryan Hopkins

Aug. 11 2023, Published 10:48 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

Two teen boys have been arrested after they allegedly shot and killed a homeless woman in California using a pellet gun, according to authorities.

On May 8, officers found an unconscious female, officials with the San Diego Police Department said.

Article continues below advertisement

Officers tried to wake the woman up, but she remained unresponsive. Paramedics arrived at the scene and were “unable to determine why the woman was unresponsive,” officials said.

The woman was transported to a local hospital and doctors determined she had been shot several times with a pellet gun and her wounds were “non-survivable,” according to authorities.

The victim, later identified as 68-year-old Annette Pershal, died three days later on May 11.

Detectives determined Pershal was most likely homeless, and the medical examiner concluded her death was a homicide on July 31, officials said.

Article continues below advertisement

Police identified two suspects in the case and arrested 19-year-old Ryan Hopkins and 18-year-old William Innes.

Hopkins allegedly drove Innes to the area where Innes allegedly shot Pershal, KNSD reported.

Innes reportedly sent a group text that read: “I’m going hobo hunting with a gun.”

Never miss a story — sign up for the Front Page Detectives newsletter. Be on the scene the moment news breaks.

Pershall suffered wounds to the head, torso and leg. Investigators were able to locate an air rifle in Innes’ home, KNSD reported.

Both men were booked into the San Diego County Jail. Innes was charged with first-degree murder, possession of an assault weapon and two counts of failure to embed steel in a firearm. Hopkins was charged with assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm, officials said.

Innes and Hopkins both pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail, according to KNSD.


Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2023 Empire Media Group, Inc. Front Page Detectives is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.