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Update: Gun Violence Erupts Tuesday Night

Two shootings about a half-mile apart were reported in a span of just a few minutes.

Gunfire rocked two Watsonville neighborhoods on Tuesday night, incidents that detectives are probing to see if they may be connected.

No injuries were reported in the gun violence, which happened just before 10:30 p.m. on the north side of the city.

First, sheriff's deputies responded to a shooting on Hi Grade Lane and Green Valley Road, just outside of city limits near the Pajaro Valley Unified School District offices, according to Watsonville police.

"There were two different groups out there," sheriff's deputy April Skalland said. "People called in and said shots were fired."

At least one car sped away from the area before deputies arrived. No injuries were reported.

Deputies found two types of shell casings at the scene, meaning at least two separate guns were used, Skalland said. She said detectives believe the shooting was gang related.

Then, around 10:24 p.m., the sounds of shots fired and glass breaking were heard near Freedom Boulevard and Roache Road, about a half mile from the first shooting, police reported.

Watsonville police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said witness reported hearing between two and six gunshots.

Two cars were seen speeding from the neighborhood following the second shooting, police reported. A gray Lincoln fled on Roache; the other vehicle—white or light gray—headed north on Freedom.

HizDesign September 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Gangs only 'rule' the streets where people are unwilling to speak up and out; when people are no longer afraid to call in what they see and/or hear, no criminal activity, gangs or otherwise, will continue to dominate that area. You can call the WPD even if you not sure a crime is being committed, whether you simply vaguely suspect something is going on, and especially if you KNOW something is wrong, the WPD do a GREAT job but they cannot be everywhere at once. They depend on the eyes and ears of the citizens and residents of the city to be their eyes and ears. You CAN call in and although they will ask for your name, all you have to do is say "I'd rather not give that" and they will politely leave it at that. Gangs and other criminals will only rule when and where we let them. C'mon people, you don't have to fear them...a fruitfly never hurt anyone neither did the SHADOW of a dog ever bite.
randy September 23, 2012 at 09:04 PM
HIZ.. I have to disagree with parts of your post. The WPD and all PD do count on citizens to be their eyes and ears. BUT when you are running a PD with skeleton staff, when the chief of police and his crew are underpaid. then it is hard. The Chief of police makes probably around 150,000 per year. Then you take the city manager who makes over 200,000 per year and several of his staff are paid over what the chief of police is.. that is a slap in the face. OUR chief would not shun his job because of a salary problem, he is a good Police Chief and so are his staff. Beatrix makes more than the chief if I remember right. Also, the Chief has to abide by rules set down by the manager. We have an assemblyman that is an organizer of a GANG. Luis Alejo organized the Brown Berets in 1994. He doesn't believe in the military but yet he is "accepting nominations for veteran of the year". If I were a veteran, II wouldn't accept from him. NO WAY. Had to slip that bit of info in. MANNY.. and your staff. Doing great. Randy stepping off the soapbox for today.
HizDesign September 23, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Randy, First off let me say I'm glad you stepped ON the soapbox today :) And, I absolutely agree with each and everything you've said here. I'd LOVE to make a difference here (a.k.a. make it different) here in our city, i.e. circulating a petition or whatever is necessary to return to an at-large election, but I could use some help or at least maybe some direction. Unfortunately where council members are concerned we can only votein our district ... wish I was in Nancy's district, but shoot even wishing doesn't fix anything...Isn't the next CC mtg thisTuesday? I may be able to attend ( I always did like the circus)...Anyhow, I appreciate the posts and comments by you and a few others who know how to read, write, and think :) Thank you!
HizDesign September 23, 2012 at 09:55 PM
And although Im too late for this term, I just may want to run next term ( forCC) -after all, it just isn't right to let someone run unopposed, especially not twice:)
David H. Perez September 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM
@Randy - I agree with you 500% that we have a GREAT police department and police chief! And a HizDesign said, it is the responsibility of all of us to monitor and report suspicious activity and crime. When making a report, I am always willing to give the police my name since I am not willing to run scared of anybody. And yeah, what's up with Luis Alejo, Mr. Brown Beret, soliciting nominations for Veteran of the Year? I thought the Brown Berets were anti-military and anti-police.

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