SLO County Sheriff’s deputies arrest alleged Oceano Dunes gunman

May 6, 2019

Francisco Orozco

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested the man who allegedly opened fire at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area early Sunday morning, injuring six people. [Cal Coast Times]

Francisco Orozco, a 19-year-old Oakland man, initially evaded capture but was arrested later in the day on Sunday. Orozco is charged with attempted murder and is currently in the San Luis Obispo County Jail with his bail set at $500,000.

Shortly after midnight, witnesses reported shots being fired at the south end of the dunes. Emergency responders transported the six injured people to local hospitals.The current conditions of the victims is not available.

The sheriff’s office took over the investigation from California State Parks and is continuing to interview witnesses and process evidence. Sheriff’s officials have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4550.

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Drug deal gone bad or rival gang retaliation ….Hauling dope or guns in travel trailers oldest trick in the books …..Cause police need search warrant to search trailer if they are pulled over….But it will be blamed on the dunes … Similiar situation at Yosemite but no blame on Yogi or Yosemite

The dunes are pathetically maintained, trash is everywhere, rangers are a no-show unless there are problems, I have been in and around the dunes my whole life, but it is completely out of control and mis-managed.


The Pismo Dunes have become a shit show, close it down already.

It’s not always about the economy.

Ah, but in this case it is. Just think of the profits and accompanying sales tax revenue and learn to love the monster trucks with the giant Confederate flags and dangling “truck nuts” (guess they don’t have their own real ones) driving down Pier Avenue.

Why is someone who is charged with attempted murder, who has possibly shot 6 people, being offered bail? Seriously?

And while I’m at it: Alcohol, guns, reckless ATV operation, etc. Seems a bit extreme and somewhat nihilistic to be called “recreation”. I am surprised that those who would deny standard health care to productive members of society or those in actual need are not complaining bitterly for the tab we must be picking up for the maintenance and clean up of these goings on. It appears to me, the only socially redeeming factor to the constant stream of inevitable injuries and fatalities at our very own little Thunderdome is that the festivities are contained to one area and therefore spares the general public.

The state parks “rangers” at ODSVRA are not leading nature hikes. They’re pretty much street (beach) cops.