UPDATE (4 p.m.) – Sheriff’s officials have announced an arrest in connection with the shooting. For the latest update, click here.
UPDATE (8:45 a.m.) – The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday morning six people had been injured in an early-morning shooting at the dunes.
Sheriff’s officials say multiple 911 calls were made just after midnight reporting shots fired.
“State Parks responded and multiple victims were given initial treatment,” The sheriff’s office said in a press release. “Six individuals were transported to local hospitals to receive further medical treatment.”
No arrests have been made but sheriff’s officials believe this is an isolated incident and there is no current threat to the public.
Detectives remained on scene as of 9 a.m. conducting interviews and processing the scene for evidence.
KSBY’s crew at the scene watched as deputies pulled bullet-like objects out of the sand at the south end of the dunes Sunday morning where a large crowd was reportedly gathered the night before.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4550. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (805) 549 STOP or online here.
UPDATE (7:30 a.m.) – The Oceano Dunes were closed to the public following the shooting but officials said Sunday at around 7:30 a.m. the area was expected to re-open soon.
UPDATE (6:40 a.m.) – The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says no arrests have been made in connection with a weekend shooting at the Oceano Dunes.
Sheriff spokesperson Grace Norris said shortly after 6:30 a.m. Sunday detectives remained on scene conducting interviews and processing the scene.
Early reports were that five people were hospitalized, according to Norris. She did not have an update on their conditions but said there have been no reports so far of any fatalities.
Norris says a large crowd was in the area at the south end of the dunes late Saturday night when the shooting occurred. The call to authorities came in just after midnight, according to Norris.
Norris says it is not known if there was more than one shooter but they do not believe the public is currently at risk.
The sheriff’s office has taken over the investigation from California State Parks.
The Oceano Dunes are closed and people are asked to avoid the area.
No other information was immediately available.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting which occurred on the Oceano Dunes early this morning. The public is asked to stay clear of the area for now. Further information will be released as the investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/bL9mKoxFWC
— SLO County Sheriff (@SLOSheriff) May 5, 2019
ORIGINAL STORY: A search was underway late Saturday night into Sunday morning for a suspect in a shooting at the Oceano Dunes that left multiple people injured, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office watch commander.
The sheriff’s office said the shooting happened just before midnight on the south end of the Dunes.
Five victims have been transported to the hospital, CAL Fire SLO tweeted.
We are at scene of a shooting involving multiple victims at the Oceano Dunes. 5 victims have been transported so far. Shooter is still not been found. pic.twitter.com/upCEsRDLsp
— CAL FIRE SLO (@CALFIRE_SLO) May 5, 2019
The California State Parks Oceano Dunes District is heading the investigation, according to the watch commander, and the SLO County Sheriff’s Office is assisting.
Deputies are on scene searching for a suspect.
It’s unclear how many people were injured or their current condition, though the watch commander did say ambulances were dispatched to the scene.
This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.