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Sheriff's office identifies victim in deadly shooting at Goleta hotel

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Posted at 6:37 AM, Feb 11, 2022

UPDATE (5:40 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials have identified the person shot and killed Thursday night at a Goleta hotel as Richard Andrew Cardona, 43, of Goleta.

Sheriff's officials say they responded to a report of a shooting at the Pacific Suites hotel in the 5400 block of Hollister Ave. just after 8 p.m.

No suspects or victims were found at the scene, but about an hour later, officials say a gunshot victim arrived at a local hospital and died from his injuries.

Investigators say it appears the victim and the shooter knew each other and it was not a random shooting.

Anyone with information that may help detectives with this investigation is urged to contact the sheriff's office at (805) 681-4150. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (805) 681-4171 or online at

UPDATE (11:11 a.m.) – UCSB tells KSBY that no students were being housed at Pacifica Suites where the shooting occurred in Goleta and adds that no students were there at the time.

University officials say an alert was sent out to students because the hotel is in their “Clery geography.

(6:37 a.m.) - Late Thursday evening gunshots were reported at the Pacifica Suites in Goleta.

One victim is reported dead after succumbing to their injuries according to UCSB's Daily Nexus.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department started receiving calls around 8:02 p.m. of gunfire at the hotel on the 5400 block of Hollister ave.

The building of interest in the investigation has been evacuated of guests.

The hotel is being used for overflow housing by UCSB.

More information will be later in the day as it becomes available.