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Santa Maria Police Department
Monday April 8th, 2024 :: 12:38 p.m. PDT


Sunday Shooting Investigation Underway - Detectives Investigating

Case #: SMPD24-0005363
On Sunday, April 7, 2024, at about 1:17 PM, officers responded to reports of a shooting at Minami Park near the intersection of Depot Street and Battles Road. Upon arrival, officers confirmed a shooting had occurred and subsequently located two adult male victims suffering from gunshot wound injuries. Santa Maria Fire and AMR Ambulance personnel responded to the scene to render medical aid.

Officers learned a large peaceful gathering was taking place at the park before the uninvited suspects arrived.  The suspects confronted guests of the gathering/event shortly before the shooting occurred. The suspects fled the area prior to officers’ arrival.

The two adult victims were transported to the Marian Regional Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Detective Bureau personnel, with assistance from the Crime Lab, responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The Violent Crimes Unit is actively investigating this incident and limited information is being released currently.

Anyone with any information related to this investigation including those that may have been in the Minami Park area when this incident occurred are asked to contact Detective Whitney at (805) 928 – 3781 ext. 1329 or the Communications Center at (805) 928 – 3781 ext. 2277.

Santa Maria Police Department’s anonymous tipline may also be reached anytime at (805) 928 – 3781 ext. 2677(COPS).

Prepared by:

Daniel Rios, Lieutenant
Detective Bureau Supervisor

Santa Maria Police Department
1111 W Betteravia Rd
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-928-3781

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