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Two shot at Live Oak apartment complex

Modified: Saturday, Apr 20th, 2013


Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian The Seaside Apartments complex where two people were shot Friday night.


Live Oak — Two people were shot at an apartment complex in Live Oak Friday night approximately 10 p.m. at 30th Avenue and Brommer Street, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.

According to Sheriff's Sgt. Jacob Ainsworth, a male and a female were shot outside the Seaside Apartments by an unknown suspect. Emergency dispatchers said the suspect fled the scene into a nearby park holding a long gun.

The woman was listed in poor condition, and the male was in fair condition, Ainsworth said.

Both were flown by air ambulance to an out of county trauma center.

Deputies are still investigating the reasons behind the shooting. Ainsworth said gang ties are possible, but that it is too soon to know for sure.

Investigators are also unsure whether the shooting was connected to the party.

A Witness who declined to be identified said the shooting occurred shortly after a group of people was kicked out of a party for being “rowdy.”

The witness said the woman was shot in the face.

Ainsworth said that many witnesses fled the scene before police arrived.

Santa Cruz Sheriffs deputies and Capitola Police officers set up a wide perimeter around the crime scene.

An officer told a dispatcher that a white Saturn or Acura-type vehicle with a spoiler on the back was seen heading southbound on 7th Avenue with a suspect or suspects aboard just before 11 p.m.

On the corner of 30th and Brommer around 11 p.m., in front of the Seaside Apartments, a woman was sitting down, crying loudly and saying “no, no, no,” over and over again.

Apartment resident Sonja Blake, 17, said she heard a single shot that sounded like fireworks.’

“It’s kind of scary, after the fact,” she said.

Lucas Garthwaite, 16, who said he has been living in the apartments his entire life, was watching detectives at the scene.

“It’s sad that this can happen in your backyard,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s dispatch at 471 1121, or investigations at 454 2311.



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