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Police describe Santa Maria morning shooting as 'brazen and unusual'

Police say the shooting happened during a robbery
Posted at 6:22 AM, May 22, 2020

UPDATE (7:30 a.m.) – Santa Maria police say a shooting Friday in Santa Maria happened at about 6 a.m. while a robbery was taking place.

Police say the incident took place around a vehicle at an apartment complex on the 1700 block of N. Broadway.

Lt. Russ Mengel described the crime as “brazen and unusual,” considering the shooting happened on such a busy street and close to the roadway.

The victim, who police say was conscious when they arrived and told officers the suspect demanded money and valuables, was reportedly taken to the hospital with “significant” injuries after being shot in the chest.

Police remained on scene as of 7:30 a.m. talking with people in the area and seeing if any surveillance cameras may have captured what happened.

Police say they are still looking for the alleged robber.

KSBY has a crew at the scene and will have updates as they become available.


One person was shot Friday morning in Santa Maria, according to local authorities.

In a tweet, Santa Maria Fire officials say firefighters and police responded to the 1700 block of N. Broadway for reports of a shooting.

The victim was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Police are currently investigating and are asking the public to avoid the area.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.