Two people killed in three days in Santa Maria

May 31, 2021


For the second time in a span of less than three days, a fatal shooting occurred in Santa Maria, according to the city’s police department.

The first of the two killings occurred early Friday morning, and police have already arrested the alleged gunman in that case. The second fatal shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. Sunday in the area of Boone and Curryer streets.

Shortly after Sunday night’s shooting, officers arrived at the scene and found a male victim lying in the street with a gunshot wound. Medics arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation indicates the gunman was involved in an altercation with a group of people. During the altercation, the suspect brandished a gun and shot the victim, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

Investigators have yet to identify the suspect. Authorities are withholding the name of the victim while relatives are notified.

Anyone who has information about Sunday nights shooting is asked to contact the Santa Maria Police Department at (805) 928-3781 ext. 2277.

Less than three days earlier, at about 2 a.m. on Friday, 20-year-old Erik Fernandez Rocha shot and killed Frankie Placido Hernandez, 29, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. Police located Rocha Saturday evening while he was riding his bicycle on Donovan Road near Elm Street.

Officers arrested Rocha and booked him in the Santa Barbara County Jail for murder. The motive of Friday morning’s killing is under investigation, though police say the shooting did not appear to be gang related.


Another Chamber of Commerce week in Santa Maria. Pretty inviting to shopper’s and tourist. Pray for Police and other first responder’s down there. They need it along with the law abiding citizens. Where’s any help or comment from Carbajal on all of this throughout his southern district which includes Lompoc? His continued silence and lack of action, is speaking loud to his failures as a representative.


Again, dog bites man is not news. Man bites dog, or the equally unlikely event of a significant period of time without Santa Maria gang violence, that’s news. Unless you’re bringing something new to the table I don’t even want to know about it.


Are shootings back to prepandemic levels in Santa Maria?


Did they ever dip below pre-pandemic levels?