Violent Monday in Santa Maria, 3 dead
January 26, 2016
A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death and two males were fatally shot on Monday in Santa Maria. The stabbing and shooting were separate incidents.
In less than a month, there have been five murders in Santa Maria. Amid a string of gang violence, murders increased from three in 2014 to 13 in 2015.
At around 3:30 p.m., in the 1600 block of E. Donovan Road, a confrontation between to groups of people became violent, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. During the fight, Santa Maria teen Marcos Arce Ramos was stabbed and later died of his injuries.
Following the stabbing, officers searched the area and found two suspects hiding in a riverbed. Police arrested Israel Gaspar Cruz, 19, and a 14-year-old male whom they are not identifying. Both are charged with murder and a gang enhancement.
At 9:45 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of S. Elizabeth Street for a call of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a car that had crashed in the 100 block of S. Elizabeth Street.
Inside the vehicle, two male victims were suffering from gunshot wounds. Medics arrived at the scene to treat the victims, but both succumbed to their injuries.
No arrests have been made in the fatal shooting case. The police department’s detective bureau is continuing its investigation.
The shooting was the third double homicide in the city in the span of a month. Two men were shot and killed on Jan. 12, and two males were shot and killed on Dec. 26.
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