Teenage Victim Identified in Goleta Shooting
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released the identity of the teenager killed in a shooting near Goleta last week as 19-year-old Enzo Marino Rastelli.
The shooting took place around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 7 in the 600 block of Burtis Street in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, often referred to as "Noleta."
It's believed Rastelli was in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle with another 19-year-old in the driver's seat. The suspect reportedly walked up to the vehicle and began shooting at the two teens.
Rastelli suffered fatal injuries while the other victim was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in critical but stable condition.
The Sheriff's Office placed the neighborhood on lockdown while they searched for the suspect, described as a male in his early 20’s, either white or Hispanic, with dark hair. The lockdown was lifted after several hours as investigators believed the suspect had previously fled the area.
As of last week, the motive for the shooting had yet to be determined. The Sheriff's Office stated the suspect is still at large, however, investigators do not believe that the general public is at risk.
All residents who live within a half-mile radius of Burtis Street are asked to check their home security systems, cameras, and video doorbell technology, for any suspicious activity between the hours of 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on January 7. 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.
A family member stated they are waiting on the autopsy report which is currently backlogged due to COVID-19 deaths, according to a GoFundMe account his family set up to help pay for funeral expenses.
The fundraising page stated Rastelli was enrolled in Santa Barbara City College's Culinary Arts program and greatly enjoyed cooking.
"He brought levity everywhere he went and with whomever he was around. He loved taking pictures... you’d always see him with his camera or GoPro in hand," the fundraiser page stated. "A true lover of the outdoors hanging out on mountain tops to surfing the ocean waves. An amazing athlete who excelled at everything he immersed himself in. Loved by many with friends that cover the continent."
Friends described Rastelli as a "very adventurous, outgoing, funny, and kindhearted person who was loved by everyone that has had the privilege to meet him." A second online fundraiser was created by his friends here.
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[Editor's Note: This article has been updated with new information regarding the online fundraising campaigns]