Gang Member Arrested on Suspicion of Shooting Teen Who Lost an Eye

By Bay City News Service: 
A 20-year-old documented gang member was arrested Wednesday in the Feb. 14 shooting of a 13-year-old Watsonville boy who lost an eye after being critically injured, a police detective said Thursday.

 At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Watsonville police served a search warrant at a residence on Coolidge Street in Watsonville and took in suspect Joel Solorzano, Watsonville police Detective Charles Bailey said.

 Solorzano was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder with gang enhancements and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail, Bailey said.

 On Feb. 14, officers were dispatched shortly before 8 p.m. to Loughead Street near the Pajaro River levee in Watsonville about a reported shooting, police said.

 When officers arrived, they found a 13-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his face, police said.

 The boy told police that while walking to the store, two males had approached him and one shot him with a handgun and fled in a waiting vehicle, according to police.

 The victim was flown in critical condition to a Bay Area hospital and after several surgeries the boy lost an eye and was fitted for a prosthetic eye, Bailey said.

 Doctors located bullet fragments in the boy that will not be removed because they are in locations where further surgery might endanger him, Bailey said.

 The boy was not affiliated with a street gang, but the shooting is considered gang-motivated because Solorzano is a known gang member, Bailey said.

The suspect and the boy lived in the same general neighborhood where several parallel streets dead end at the Pajaro River levee, Bailey said.

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Locked n Loaded March 02, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Damn these young punks, still have nothing better to do, but go around trying to kill each other. If there so into wanting to kill someone. Tell them to join the Marines and volunteer to go to the next war our country decided to participate in. These sorry punks would have a whole different look at life. Parents need to get back to the old school as whoopin. They need to get a grasp of there kids. My kids has all had there asses whipped if they stepped out of line. My kids are respectful to those around them. Hell my kids are even taught how to handle firearms properly. My 10yr old and 20yr old boys, both have there own weapons that they know how to load, unload and properly handle. It's pretty sad to see that these young kids keep turning toward gangs in order to feel like they belong to something. The ones that suffer is the families and innocent people. I grew up in Watsonville,then moved to Salinas as a teen. I met my wife when I was 20. Moved out of Cali back in 99' there is not as much crap in Washington. Not to mention this is an open carry state and with a permit you can conceal carry. I love my guns :)


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