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Watsonville Police Suspect Gangs in Shooting

One man was shot, but is expected to recover, during a violent Tuesday night

Police are investigating a gang-related shooting that occurred in Watsonville Tuesday night.

Watsonville police officers were dispatched near the intersection of Brewington Avenue and Arbol Drive at 8:16 p.m. on a report that one person was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Upon arrival at the scene, police found a 23-year-old man suffering from a solitary gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. His injury is not considered to be life threatening, according to police.

According to a police investigation, the victim was on the sidewalk when a vehicle drove past him and then came to a stop.

A suspect got out of the vehicle and approached the victim, police said.

The suspect fired a gun at the victim, striking him once.

The suspect ran back to the vehicle and drove westbound on Crestview Drive, police said.

Police said the crime is believed to be gang motivated.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is encouraged to contact the Watsonville Police Department Crime Tip line at (831) 728-3544 or the Watsonville Police Department Investigation Bureau at (831) 768-3352.

— Bay City News Service

Steve Bankhead January 30, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Looks like there are no safe places to be in Watsonville anymore, since Brewington and Arbol is one of the quieter and nicer corners in town. A former mayor once lived just a few doors up Arbol from there before moving to Corralitos, and I take my dogs regularly to exercise at Crestview Park, just a half block north. Very sad.
beviej January 30, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Stabbing on Main & Riverside now ANOTHER shooting. When is it going to be "enough is enough?"
David H. Perez January 30, 2013 at 06:30 PM
@Steve - It seems little is being done to make any meaningful changes in our gang situation. This makes me think this is how the clique that has stolen control of Watsonville want it. Create such a hostile environment in Watsonville that the few non-Latinos and other people of means decide to leave for their lives. Then the clique that runs Watsonville can claim emperorship over their Mexicano state. Am I too much of a conspiracy theorist? Maybe not.
Peacekeeper January 31, 2013 at 12:20 AM
David why do you have to make this into a racial thing? Recently when anything tragic happens and is posted on here the first thing people do is blame Mexicans or some how start making it into something racial. I love watsonville patch but the comments I read on here from which are most from "adults" are so cruel and pathetic that the whole story is forgotten and turned into Internet racial fighting. In other words stay in the subject without the racial comments. Thank you.
Jennifer February 01, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Yes, it is shocking that the resent shooting in Watsonville was in a nice neighborhood. Unfortunately our neighbor rented out a room to a gang member. His lack of judgment brought this stain to our safe place.

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