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Man shot, killed on Second Street in Watsonville

Modified: Monday, Jan 21st, 2013


A man was shot at Walker and Second streets Friday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene. In the second photo, a makeshift shrine was set up Saturday on the sidewalk. (Photos by Tom Dunlap/Register-Pajaronian)


WATSONVILLE An 18-year-old man was shot on the 200 block of Second Street about 8:54 p.m. Friday in Watsonville and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, Sgt. Morgan Chappell confirmed Saturday.

It is the first homicide in Santa Cruz County this year.

As police and other emergency personnel responded to the scene Friday night, a dispatcher said the victim had stopped breathing. Police said he was shot multiple times. A local news agency reported that a stray bullet or bullets broke the side window of a cab parked at the scene.

A dispatcher said to be on the lookout for a two-toned, white-over-gray, four-door, late 90s model sedan that is similar to a Lexus that may have been involved in the shooting or may have witnessed the incident. Police officers used yellow police tape to close Walker and Second streets at the intersection. Chappell said that they didn't know if the driver was involved in the shooting, but that "we want to talk to the driver of that car."

A small, makeshift shrine of flowers, a candle and a cross was set up on the sidewalk Saturday on Second Street where the teen died, near the Courtesy Cab parking lot at the corner of Second and Walker streets.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the Watsonville Police Department's crime tip line at 768-3544 or 768-3352.

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