Shooting Suspect In Custody
updated: May 20, 2013, 3:42 PM
SANTA BARBARA, CA - May 20, 2013
On May 17, 2013 at 9:15 a.m., an 18-year old male Santa Barbara area gang member
was arrested by SBPD Youth Services Section detectives for attempt murder with a
gang enhancement and other related felonies stemming from the shooting incident
that occurred on 800 N. Milpas Street on May 14, 2013. This suspect is believed
to be responsible for the shooting. He was arrested while making a court
appearance at Santa Barbara Superior Court.
SBPD detectives can now confirm that this is a gang incident; however, it does
not appear related to the previous day's stabbing of a gang member on 900 E.
Gutierrez Street. The Police Department has still not received any indication
of anyone being struck by gunfire during the event.
The suspect was booked at Santa Barbara County Jail on the aforementioned
charges with a bail amount of $700,000.00. This investigation is ongoing; the
booking photo and additional details are being withheld.
SANTA BARBARA, CA - May 15, 2013
On May 14, 2013 at 3:18 p.m., the Santa Barbara Police Department's Combined
Communications Center received calls of a gunshot heard and man with a rifle
seen running from the vicinity of Taco Bell Restaurant at 821 N. Milpas Street.
The man, described as a Hispanic male wearing a white or gray colored shirt and
a baseball hat, was last seen running westbound on 800 E. De La Guerra Street.
Police officers responded, searched the area, and contacted witnesses. Several
news sources reported that a man wearing a hospital gown was transported to the
Police Station from 800 E. De La Guerra Street. That subject was interviewed at
the Police Station and released. A number of other witnesses were also
interviewed at the station.
SBPD's Nixle audience received e-mail and text message alerts informing them of
the police activity and advising them to use caution and to avoid the area if
Initial reports that Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara Junior High
School were in lockdown were incorrect. Staffs on both campuses were notified
of the incident; however the schools were not placed in lockdown mode.
Investigation indicates that at the time of the incident a gunshot or gunshots
were fired at a vehicle. The Police Department has not received any indication
of anyone being struck by gunfire. Despite much speculation, at this time
investigators cannot confirm that this is a gang incident. Presently, no one is
in custody. This investigation is ongoing and additional details are being
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