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Jun 23, 2014 9:28 PM by Charlie Misra

Police investigating shootings in Santa Maria

Santa Maria police are investigating back-to-back shootings that happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers first responded to a shooting in the 200 block of west Roschelle Lane just after 1 A.M.

Then a second shooting a short while later in the 500 block of north Oakley Avenue.

S.M.P.D. Sergeant Paul Van Meel says the main concern is the shooters are still on the loose.

Early Sunday morning Rodolfo Solis was minding his own business at his home on roschelle lane, when he heard a loud noise.

"Heard gunshots. Like 3 or 4 gunshots across the street, in the morning," said Solis. "But it's not the first time that happened."

Short while later police found 21 year old Jorge andrae with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Just 10 minutes away on Oakley Avenue, officers say 18 year old Jesus marguez was shot in the chest.

He was taken to the hospital and later released.

Police say they do not know who shot the two men.

Solis says after speaking with some of his neighbors, he believes those involved with the shooting on roschelle did not live nearby.

"The other people, they come from other places," said Solis. "That happened every week, every weekend. Not shotgun but fighting and, you know. I mean, looking for trouble in this."

Sergeant Van Meel says police need more information from witnesses to help them find the shooters.

"What might seem inconsequential to them could be the big break that we need to actually put the pieces together," said Van Meel.

Solis says because he lives on Roschelle Lane, he takes precautions for his own safety.

He says when the clock hits midnight, he doesn't leave his home.

"You hear something because it's too dangerous to come to the street at that time."

A man who lives on the 500 block of north Oakley Avenue, who does not wish to be identified says he was coming back from his wedding when he saw men driving slowly in a vehicle.

He says they pulled over, went into one of the houses, and he heard yelling and gunshots.

He was not able to get a good look at the car or the license plate.

Sergeant Van Meel says cooperation from the community will be key as police go forward with the investigation.

If you have any information about either of these shootings over the weekend, call the Santa Maria police department.

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