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UPDATE: 3rd suspect arrested in Santa Maria shooting

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Apr 25, 2022

UPDATE (10:35 p.m): A 3rd suspect has been arrested in a Santa Maria drive-by shooting.

At 2:41 p.m on Monday, Santa Maria police reported to a shooting at the intersection of Alvin Ave. and Railroad Ave.

A man reported that he and his son were stopped at the intersection when a car pulled alongside and an occupant started shooting at them.

The suspect vehicle then fled and crashed about two blocks away at the intersection of Curryer St. and Alvin Ave.

Two female occupants of the car were arrested for various misdemeanor charges while a lone male occupant fled into a residential neighborhood.

Officers searched the area with the assistance of a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office helicopter, and after a few hours, residents noticed an individual in their backyards and notified police.

Officers then arrested the suspect, identified as Junior Freddy Martinez, without incident.

Martinez is charged with attempted murder, weapons violations, and charges related to his probation status and is being booked at the Santa Barbara County North Jail.

The firearm used in the shooting by Martinez was recovered during the investigation.
El Camino Junior High and Robert Bruce Elementary School in Santa Maria were placed on lockdown Monday afternoon because of a nearby police investigation.

School officials say the lockdown was made at the request of police following a drive-by shooting in the neighborhood.

The shooting reportedly happened at around 2:30 p.m. in the 900 block of N. Railroad Ave.

Police say shots were fired from one car into another car but no one was hurt. They say the suspect vehicle then sped off, crashing near the intersection of Alvin Ave. and N. Curryer St.

Two of the three people in the car were arrested. Police say they are still looking for the third.

The schools were reportedly in lockdown until about 4:30 p.m. when students were allowed to go home for the day.