South SLO County shooter hits three homes
January 3, 2012
A ground and air search for a shooter responsible for peppering homes on three streets with bullets Sunday afternoon ended after San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies discovered a man target shooting with a rifle on the north side of the Santa Maria River. [SantaMariaTimes]
No one was injured in the incident that was first reported at 3:30 p.m. The target shooter’s stray bullets hit homes on Bentley Avenue, Schuman Place and Divide Way in Santa Maria.
Officials are not releasing the target-shooter’s name, “but he reportedly told authorities that he was unaware that his bullets were traveling to the far side of the river,” the Santa Maria Times said.
After Santa Maria police discovered spent rounds in one of the homes and heard shots coming from the river bed, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s helicopter and Santa Maria police officers scoured the area. They found no one and abandoned their search.
About an hour later, SLO County Sheriff deputies found the shooter.