14-year-old shot and killed in Santa Maria

July 9, 2023


A shooting amid a large gathering in Santa Maria Friday night left a 14-year-old boy dead and a 21-year-old man wounded.

A group had gathered in a parking lot near the 1300 block of S. Bradley Road on Friday. At about 10 p.m., while checking on the gathering, officers heard gunshots fired from within the crowd, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. 

Officers moved toward the gunfire and located both victims in the crowd. The 14-year-old boy, who was from Lompoc, died of his injuries. The 21-year-old man, from Guadalupe, sustained non-life threatening injuries from his gunshot wounds. 

A confrontation is believed to have occurred prior to the shooting.

Detectives and crime lab personnel arrived at the scene and are conducting an investigation. Numerous witnesses who were in the area left without speaking with police and need to be interviewed, detectives say.

The police department asks that witnesses or anyone who has information about the shooting call Detective Hesch at (805) 928-3781 ext. 1349 or the Communications Center at (805) 928-3781 ext. 2277.

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I don’t go to Santa Maria for any reason. I drive the most common color of the most common car model in the U.S. Too much of a chance of misidentification by the warring gang members who effectively run the city.

Once again we see gang violence in Santa Maria, and, undoubtably, the local leaders will deny any leadership responsibility for the violent crime epidemic affecting the Santa Maria Valley.

Elected politicians like Steve Lavignino have allowed the gangster crowd to assume power, and Santa Maria city leaders have failed to maintain law & order. These politicians know that drugs, guns, violence, and lawlessness have permeated the community, but they turn a blind eye to help their supporters.

Elections have consequences, choose wisely.

Sad this will spur ZERO response from the local community other than grievance. Accountability starts at home!