Local gun violence continues to escalate as police are investigating another shooting that took place in Santa Barbara this weekend. Here is the official statement from Sergeant Riley L. Harwood, Santa Barbara Police Department, Media Relations.
“On March 17, 2013, at 12:04 a.m., officers and detectives from the Santa Barbara Police Department responded to a call of a subject that had been shot on the 600 block of Wentworth Avenue. Upon arrival they located an 18 year old male victim with a gunshot wound to the abdomen lying on the west sidewalk. The victim was transported from the scene by paramedics to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.
He is expected to survive. Investigation indicates the following. The victim is a Santa Barbara resident and was attending a family gathering at a residence on the 600 block of Wentworth Avenue when he was shot. The victim is a Santa Barbara area gang member, however there is no indication thus far that this incident is gang related. The victim has been uncooperative. This investigation is still ongoing; no arrests have occurred and no determination has yet been made as to whether the victim’s injury was the result of a criminal act, accident, or was self-inflicted.”