Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

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Update by edhat staff
4:00 p.m., January 4, 2020

There have been two deaths and two hospitalizations in Sunday evening's shooting on Santa Barbara's eastside.

All victims are reportedly young males. One of the deceased victims has been identified as 18-year-old Omar Hernandez and the other is a minor.

The two other victims were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to treat their injuries, one with a wound to their arm and the other with a wound to their foot, according to scanner traffic.

Santa Barbara Police responded to the 1200 block of Liberty Street near S. Soledad Street around 5:50 p.m. after a report of shots fired. 

It's reported that one suspect approached the victims on foot near Cañada and Liberty Streets and opened fire as police are investigating this as a gang incident, according to KEYT News.

It's currently unclear how many victims in total there were. 

No arrests have been made in this incident.

This is a developing story.


Update by edhat staff
6:30 p.m., January 3, 2020

Santa Barbara Police are investigating a shooting on the eastside with multiple victims reported.

Police responded to the 1200 block of Liberty Street near S. Soledad Street around 5:50 p.m. 

Scanner traffic reports there are four victims, two that are unresponsive and two others that are wounded. Suspects were seen running from the scene and have yet to be apprehended. 

This is a developing story.

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
5:50 p.m., January 3, 2020

Shots fired. There are subjects seen running from the scene. SB Police are responding code 3 (lights and sirens). There's a possible victim in the 1200 Block of Liberty.

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YepSB Jan 03, 2021 07:06 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

Now is when you want one of those "defund the police" resources like a social worker or a trained community outreach person to be down there talking to people, including involved and neighbors, to try and get and give information. And then the folks in Blue can be totally focused on nabbing this shooter. Delegation. It's not a hard concept.

SBSand Jan 03, 2021 07:20 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

Shut it yepsb - like that will change the outcome of at least 1 shot dead in our city. We don't have a lot of gun violence here, this stuff concerns me. Also, want to know more about if it is gang related or what.

LakerGirl Jan 03, 2021 07:41 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

If it’s gang related, a social worker will be useless. Amazing how you aren’t concerned about the increases in murders, shootings and stabbings in Santa Barbara but about the after effect.

LocalsOnly Jan 04, 2021 06:00 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

@lakergirl - it really is astonishing how twisted your views are on this issue. Stopping the gang-related revenge cycle (which is NOT done by the police) is absolutely crucial for stemming future violent crime. Stats and research clearly show that social workers, community investment, diversion programs, etc. PREVENT crime, while it is painfully obvious that the American standard of allowing overzealous, militarized, over-funded, nearly all-powerful law enforcement to throw anyone they want into the trap that is our "justice" system has failed miserably.

Plus, what you're saying doesn't even make sense - you're saying that community crime intervention is pointless because it only deals with the after effects of violence while conveniently ignoring that law enforcement typically only deals with violence AFTER the fact...

doulie Jan 04, 2021 08:57 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

LOCALS - It appears you are one that would choose to remove money from a police budget. Right or wrong? Don't blame the police for doing their job and enforcing the law. Why do you place responsibility to keep these thugs from committing crimes onto the police or other agencies? SB police are neither overzealous, over-funded or all powerful. The same laws they enforce to protect you from the criminals are the same that protect you from police actions. Being "militarized" is required due to the more lethal weapons these clowns choose to arm themselves with these days. Contrary to what you state, police can't "throw anyone they want" into the justice system. Why is it so hard to understand, if you don't want to get involved in the justice system don't get involved in crime? The responsibility to stop these clowns begins with their mother, father and family, the people that should have taught right from wrong and disciplined them from a young age.

By the time these clowns come to the attention of the different agencies you list it is likely too late for most to change. Relative to your "stats and research" comment, how can anyone prove a crime was prevented by "social workers, community investment and diversion programs?" What exactly is community investment? What (is) "painfully obvious" to me is that most of these little clowns will continue their violations of our laws until they are incarcerated. And, like the drug user/dealer, once they are taken out of the system there is always another little clown to take their place.

JB86 Jan 05, 2021 12:44 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

Doulie: You made one of the more intelligent comments here. The dysfunctional family is the most important element, and I don't have a clue how any public agency can repair that. Some of these families have been in the gang life for generations, in both Santa Barbara and Goleta. They don't value education, don't provide any moral instruction and set an example that says 'make money any way you can.' Talk to any experienced cop; they know these folks and have for decades. The crimes change, the weapons change, but the culture doesn't.

tagdes Jan 03, 2021 07:28 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

Truck 71 now frequently responds for another engine. As Andrew it's more of a secondary engine for manpower allowing the extra engine to not take other area engines out of service.

CoastWatch Jan 03, 2021 08:26 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

@ TAGDES- The Truck is often used for crime scenes to photograph the scene using the aerial ladder which is 110', lighting and generator power for the PD. The department also has a air/lighting unit (HazMat) that can stay on the scene for lighting as well

winter Jan 03, 2021 09:50 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

I think this is a big enough story, to have a live news crew there.
If it was UCSB, Montecito, it would be a big deal.
Possibly gang types...keep it quiet..just saying.

a-1609777068 Jan 04, 2021 08:17 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

Uhhhh, change it to “Liberty Street neighborhood”.... despite the presence of the Flamingo immobile home park, it is not a comfortable neighborhood to walk at night. Not racist to point that out: it's dangerous for all ethnicities. Where is the district 1 representative on this? She often speaks of “my people”, some of whom clearly need help.

NostraChumash Jan 04, 2021 08:03 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

Hutash is not the neighborhood, it's the street name, but I see how you tried to interject your rascism into the comment.
You make edhat look bad.

Roger Jan 04, 2021 08:20 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

The shooting was on Liberty street. Many years ago a buddy and I were going to the Friday night dance at the Alano club he picked me up on Chiquita road where I lived. We all had Scanners and carried them 10 channel Radio Shack handheld. We were at Milpas and De La Guerra when we heard a shots fired call on Liberty street same block. We hauled butt over there in his Nissan picked like two Idiot peas in a pod and there we saw a guy laid out on a car who had been shot a few times he was dead...We got the Hell outta there but got pulled over acouple blocks away the police officer never got out of his car he drove away. We were lucky the shooter turned himself in..It's never smart to show up on a crime scene.

Randomuser Jan 04, 2021 09:47 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

This has been an on going thing for months now. Multiple threads on edhat talking about the crime taking place. It's a shame this becomes something political other than preventing crime from occurring. From what I see the police have no interest in protecting the citizens of the east side. Open drug use and drug sales are occurring. Multiple overdoses happening without any type of change or progress. The gang activity has only increased during covid. It's a sad state of affairs in town our officials have abandoned a large section of the cities community. There is street racing taking place daily on Salinas, old coast highway, Canada this entire area. These are 25mph zones the cops can easily prevent this behavior with having an office drive around occasionally. Instead they chose to have bike cops write tickets for not coming to complete stop at the corner. This is a start but this is a drop in the ocean of what should be occuring. I have called the cops to report all of these issues and even wrote a lengthy email to edhat which was refused because it contained opinions. These are facts, The east side might not always have been perfect but it is increasingly unsafe and lack of police presence is allowing criminal activity to grow.

CoastWatch Jan 04, 2021 10:19 AM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

@RANDO- The issue isn't as simple as Police presence and follow through... The bottom line is the DA won't prosecute the infractions and crimes you're listing. I agree that they are all valid concerns and laws broken should be prosecuted, but that is where our "laws" fall short- There is little to no consequences for any crime that does not involve bodily harm anymore. The cops hands are tied and those that are doing the law-breaking know it...

a-1609804846 Jan 04, 2021 04:00 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

From what I see on nightly walks, there IS police presence, police cars driving by are frequent, at least in the Milpas area. What there is not, is a presence of politicians. The present councilmember came in saying she was going to hold district/neighborhood meetings. We haven't heard of any. The prior councilmember also said he was going to hold neighborhood meetings. (If there are to be such meetings, the best way to post, besides flyers on telephone poles, is by an announcement in edhat. Also: Flyers on car windshields got a lot of residents to the discussion on a house on Alisos and the Salvation ARmy.)

Now that the election is over there hasn't been any of that. But there remains police driving around the area at night. It's a geographically big district; all streets can't be covered at the time something might happen. This is now the second murder incident in several months - the other was in the same general area, Cacique/Voluntario. Councilmembers are paid for a full time job but that's not how they treat it.

Basicinfo805 Jan 04, 2021 05:12 PM
Two Dead and Two More Injured in Eastside Shooting

Rando - the city (mayor) is allowing all the same stuff you're describing ALL OVER Santa Barbara! It's not some east side conspiracy. Take a look at state st. I think you're assuming the local politicians are just 'letting things go on the poorer areas' right? I don't think so.


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