Man shot and wounded in Santa Maria
June 9, 2016
A man suffered a gunshot wound in Santa Maria late Wednesday night. He survived and is in stable condition in the hospital. [KSBY]
The shooting occurred in the 200 block of N. Smith Street. Officers responded and found the victim but did not make any arrests.
Investigators are requesting that anyone with information about the shooting contact the Santa Maria Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at (888) 996-8847.
Amid a string of gang violence, there were 13 murders in Santa Maria in 2015 and another six homicides in January. Since then, violence has decreased considerably.
In March, authorities arrested 15 foreign nationals from Honduras and El Salvador in a multi-state operation targeting suspects in the Santa Maria murder spree. Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin said the operation prevented at least six additional homicides in a four-week span.