Update: 9:45 p.m. Tuesday: A 43-year-old man mowing his neighbor's law was shot multiple times Tuesday evening and died, the Sheriff's Office reported.
The homicide happened at 301 Dutchman Rd. around 6:10 p.m., according to Lt. Fred Plageman.
Plageman said the man, who lived in the neighborhood, was approached by one or two unidentified Latino men.
“He was shot multiple times with a handgun," Plageman said.
Detectives believe the man was targeted.
“This does not appear to be a random contact,” Plageman said.
The man died at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of his family, Plageman said.
No one else was hurt.
The assailants fled in a reddish-brown or maroon Toyota or Honda car, according to the Sheriff's Office. The vehicle wasn't located and no arrests have been made.
“There’s a lot of witnesses that witnessed certain portions or events," Plageman said, adding that detectives and deputies are taking their statements.
Investigators declined to comment on the motive for the killing.
“I don’t know that information at this time. We’re working on a couple of angles but we’ll see," Plageman said. “I can’t characterize it as being gang-related at this time.”
The homicide is the second in South County in four days. Brandon Gil, 21, was fatally stabbed in downtown Watsonville on Saturday night in what police have said is a gang-related attack. No arrests have been made.
The county's Gang Task Force was out working the Gil homicide Tuesday evening and got pulled into assist the Sheriff's Office with the fatal shooting investigation. Plageman said that was because it's a considered a critical incident, not because of any gang ties.
News of a second homicide in the Pajaro Valley so soon after Gil's death created a lot of sadness and fear.
"To hear of all these murders breaks my heart and yes I'm very upset as I stand for no act of violence!" Michelle Frias, who is from the area but lives across the country now, posted on the Watsonville Patch Facebook page shortly after the killing.
"Man...another one??" Gretta Itamura posted on Facebook. "Too close to home...this voilence (sic) needs to stop."
Original Story, 8:45 p.m. Tuesday: A man was shot in the neck near Pinto Lake around 6 p.m. Tuesday, authorities reported.
The 911 call came in about 6:10 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic.
People tried to perform CPR on the man, according to emergency radio traffic. A medical helicopter was initially called but was later cancelled.
The shooting happened at 301 Dutchman Rd., between Roe Avenue and Littleway Lane. It’s two blocks off Green Valley Road in quiet rural neighborhood of single-family homes, surrounded by agriculture fields.
Sheriff’s detectives are handling the shooting investigation. They ask that anyone with information about the case call the Investigations Bureau at 454-2311 or the anonymous tip line at 454-2847.
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