By the Santa Maria Police Department
On Thursday, June 1, 2023, at about 7:05 PM, SMPD officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 200 block of E. Main Street (Sears building). Upon arrival, officers located evidence and confirmed that a shooting had occurred.
Officers located a male juvenile victim at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds. The juvenile victim was transported and treated for his injuries and is in stable condition.
The SMPD Detective Bureau responded and took over the investigation. Investigators are actively investigating this incident and believe it to be gang related.
At this point, no one has been arrested in connection to the shooting. Those in the area at the time of this incident and anyone else with information related to this investigation are encouraged to contact Detective Hesch at (805) 928 -3781 ext. 1349. Those who wish to remain anonymous may still contact Detective Hesch or the SMPD Communications Center at (805) 928 – 3781 ext. 2277.