Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
5:00 p.m., January 8, 2021

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting which occurred inside of a vehicle parked on Burtis St. in unincorporated Santa Barbara on Thursday afternoon.  The shooting left one victim deceased, and the other in critical condition at an area hospital.    

On January 7, 2021, at around 12:30 pm, passerby’s in the area heard gunshots, then observed a subject flee from the area.  The witness observed the victims in the vehicle, and ran from the area to call 911.  Responding deputies discovered two males seated in the front seat of a parked vehicle in the 600 block of Burtis St.  One had suffered a fatal gunshot wound, the other was transported by paramedics.

The area between Hollister Ave. and Atascadero Creek from Turnpike to Patterson was issued a shelter in place order for several hours.  Deputies, K-9s and a County Air Support Unit helicopter searched the area for the suspect, however he was not located.    

The deceased victim is a 19-year-old male who resided in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara.  The surviving victim is a 19-year-old resident of Isla Vista and is listed in critical, but stable condition as of this afternoon.  The suspect was reported as being a male in his early 20’s, either white or Hispanic, with dark hair.  No further details are available at this time and the motive for the shooting has yet to be determined.  The suspect is still at large, however investigators do not believe that the general public is at risk.

Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help.  With the prevalence of home security systems, cameras, and video doorbell technology, investigators are requesting residents within a half mile radius of Burtis St. to check their video systems for any suspicious activity between the hours of 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  Suspicious activity could include unusual vehicles or persons, or activity that seems contrary to normal neighborhood activity.  Anyone with information or video should contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 805-681-4150, or call the anonymous tip line at 805-681-4171.    

Suspect on the Loose in Fatal Goleta Shooting

Update by edhat staff
3:15 p.m., January 7, 2021

The lockdown has been lifted from a Goleta neighborhood after a fatal shooting took place Thursday afternoon. The suspect is still outstanding.

The Sheriff's Office stated they believe the suspect fled the area prior to law enforcement's arrival.  The investigation is ongoing.

Update by edhat staff
1:38 p.m., January 7, 2021

A suspect is on the loose after a fatal shooting that took place in Goleta on Thursday afternoon.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident that took place in the 600 block of Burtis Street in Goleta at 1:00 p.m.

One person has died and another victim was transported to the hospital with injuries.

A single suspect is outstanding and is considered to be armed and dangerous. 

An air unit, K9, and patrol units searching surrounding areas for the suspect. Scanner traffic reports the suspect is described as a male in his twenties, 5'10", wearing a gray shirt and baggy blue jeans.

A shelter in place order has been issued for residents from Hollister Ave south to the bike path, between Turnpike and Patterson.

This is a developing story.

Reported by JB86
1:00 p.m., January 7, 2021

One person is dead and another transported to Cottage Hospital after being shot in a vehicle at 650 Burtis Street in Noleta. A suspect, described as a male in his twenties, 5 feet 10, wearing a gray shirt and baggy blue jeans was seen running from the scene at about 12:45 pm. Sheriff's and CHP have set up a perimeter and requested air support for a search. A K-9 unit is also working.

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Roger Jan 08, 2021 09:38 AM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

Not really the powers that be are pretty good at covering things up in less it's obvious and loud like gun shots..There are a few homeless deaths out there where the victim gets robbed and hit over the head you will never hear about.

calmich Jan 07, 2021 04:11 PM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

Politics aside, three murders and three others shot in the last ten days in the SB area. Six 'freeway' fires in the last two months.
Historical Violent Crime Rate per 100,000 Population
Year Santa Barbara CA US
2018 448.02 447.41 380.56
2017 407.53 453.30 394.86
2016 429.10 444.81 397.52
2015 395.09 427.97 373.74
2014 332.27 396.38 361.55
2013 402.20 402.64 369.13
2012 403.91 423.54 387.75
2011 356.63 411.16 387.06
2010 396.66 439.58 404.50

sacjon Jan 07, 2021 04:12 PM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

SBMOM - or, if you meant no crime in the Turnpike/Walnut area of Goleta, here you go:

Want me to keep looking?

a-1610078940 Jan 07, 2021 08:09 PM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

Well, I had a SWAT team in my front yard once, taking in a neighbor, I think it was Gator Roll, but that event didn't change how much I loved my apartment building and neighborhood. I get both takes on this argument.

sacjon Jan 08, 2021 10:11 AM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

SBMOM - Hahah oh wow... you didn't even read them, did you? Not a single one was from yesterday (5/2019, 10/2020, 4/2020) and they were ALL around the Turnpike/Walnut area. One was on Walnut, another on Turnpike and the other was closer to Old Town, but still not far from that area. You are truly in denial and clearly didn't read them. The point is, you're wrong. There HAS been crime in that area, just as there has been all over SB/Goleta over the years. Look here, just a search of "Walnut" on Edhat brings up tons of Scanner Report incidents --- ----- That area around Walnut/Turnpike has been pretty active on the criminal front for years. Nice try though!

a-1610078872 Jan 07, 2021 08:07 PM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

If you're referring to the NH photo, note that it was taken after the occupants were removed, and both doors are open. Who knows where that glass was before those actions, or whether it was shattered in order to get the door open. Bullets would tend to punch discrete holes in the glass, rather than shatter it so thoroughly.

JB86 Jan 07, 2021 10:39 PM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

Yes, it would seem the shooter fired from the passenger side, killing the passenger, severely wounding the driver. Not a lot of physical evidence beyond bullets and maybe shell casings if the weapon was an auto pistol. SO ran a couple of dog tracks, with no results. Best leads might be from statements of the surviving victim, if he is able to do so.
Strange to me that there were no other citizen calls beyond the girl's report. Did no neighbors hear anything?

winter Jan 07, 2021 05:46 PM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

I am surprised, they didn't find this guy...or the one last weekend.
The survivor, today, and the two, last week, probably know a lot !
Could be scared of retaliation...don't know ?
Gang, bad drug deal, not Eagle Scout's, but need to talk.

gizmo1 Jan 07, 2021 08:59 PM
Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Fatal Goleta Shooting Leads

How come the public wasn’t informed that the suspect was armed and dangerous (At the time the helicopter was flying over head )and the whole sheriffs department was swarming the neighborhoods driving back-and-forth


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