Person injured in Santa Maria shooting
March 14, 2016
A person was shot in Santa Maria Sunday night in an incident police believe was gang related. The victim suffered a single gunshot wound, which is not believed to be life threatening. [KCOY]
The shooting occurred just before 9:30 p.m. in the 300 block W. Newlove Drive. Responders transported the victim to Marian Regional Medical Center.
Police are still investigating the shooting. The Santa Maria Police Department did not state whether any suspects have been identified.
Earlier this month, authorities arrested at least 15 foreign nationals who are suspects in a recent murder spree in Santa Maria. Police say MS-13 gang members are behind the majority of the city’s recent murders.
Santa Maria’s homicide total increased from three in 2014 to 13 in 2015. Another six murders occurred in the city in January.