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Monday, Oct 07 2013 06:18 PM

Grandmother shooting suspect may have been under influence of 'bath salts'

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Benny Juarez lives next door to the house (at right) at 10927 Mohican Drive where 19-year-old Dylan McNabb allegedly shot and killed his grandmother.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Larry Hobbs has a house just east of 10927 Mohican Drive where 19-year-old Dylan McNabb allegedly shot and killed his grandmother.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Bakersfield Police secure a home at 10927 Mohican Drive in northwest Bakersfield where a woman was shot Sunday afternoon.

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

Benny Juarez heard a loud bang Sunday afternoon, and thought the noise was a garage door slamming shut.

But soon after, one of the sons of his next-door neighbor ran to his door and shouted that his younger brother had shot their grandmother. Juarez let the son inside his home and they watched as 19-year-old Dylan McNabb, the accused shooter, walked slowly down the block.

"He looked normal, like he was just going about his business," Juarez said Monday.

The shooting victim has been identified as 78-year-old Imogene McNabb. A coroner's office news release said she suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Police arrested McNabb on suspicion of murder a few houses down from his northwest Bakersfield home in the 10900 block of Mohican Drive. Juarez ran to the McNabb house to see if there was anything he could do, but he said it was obvious Imogene McNabb was already dead.

"It was an ugly scene," he said.

A man who declined to identify himself at the McNabb residence Monday said Dylan McNabb had been under the influence of "bath salts," designer drugs containing synthetic chemicals similar to amphetamines. WebMD say the drugs' effects include paranoia, hallucinations, increased pulse, high blood pressure and suicidal thinking/behavior.

Larry Hobbs, 56, lives two doors down and said he didn't hear the gunshot because he was in his back bedroom. But a police officer came to his door asking if he knew anything about the shooting.

Hobbs said the McNabb boys never given him trouble, and he'd say "hi" to them while out walking his dog. Still, he said he's become aware over the years that violence can occur anywhere.

"At my age I'm kind of not shocked," he said.

McNabb is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. Several misdemeanor arrests are listed on his criminal record, including convictions for battery and vandalism in September 2012.

McNabb is scheduled to be sentenced later this year for a June conviction on hit and run resulting in property damage, according to court records.

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