UPDATE: Teen Fatally Shot Outside Watsonville High School Identified

The 18-year-old man was fatally shot outside the high school at 7:54 p.m.

This article was modified at 6:36 p.m. to add the victim's name and that the shooting was gang-related.


An 18-year-old man fatally shot outside a high school in Watsonville was identified Saturday evening.

Marco Ortega, of Watsonville, was a known associate of a local, criminal street gang but it was not determined whether he was a member as well.

Police were investigating the shooting as gang-related but no motive has been established and four men were being sought in connection with the attack, police said.

Though the crime occurred in a back parking lot at Watsonville High School, and though there were events occurring at the time of the shooting, the crime itself is not, in any way, related to Watsonville High School or the students who attend classes there, police said in a written news release.

The shooting -- it occurred shortly before 8 p.m. -- was in a remote area of the campus; no one saw anything, police said.

Officers determined that the victim was in a parking lot outside Watsonville High School,  250 E. Beach St., when he was confronted by at least two suspects.

The suspects shot the victim multiple times before running off, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle, police said.

After giving a statement to police, the victim died from his injuries at the hospital, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide is asked to contact police at (831) 768-3352 or call the crime tip line at (831) 768-3544.

The name of the victim has not been released and the homicide remains under investigation, police said.

Bay City News contributed to this report

Sylvia Lazo February 24, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Gram hill: I emailed the author of this article asking her to remove particular derogatory and/ or racially inflammatory statemeents, incuding those of Jen. X; I cut n pasted some in the email, and several days later I see she has neither dine so, nor has she replied to my enail as I requested. Double standard is right, to say the least. Nuff said, eh?
Sylvia Lazo February 24, 2013 at 05:24 PM
*done, *email ... :)
Rachel R. February 28, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Okay people Marcos Ortegas was not in a Gang he was a good boy he went to school had a life like any other kid. seaching for a dream!
Eve Pearlman February 28, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Hi @Cathy P and others. I'm just scrolling through and deleting overtly racist comments. I would encourage everyone to bring inappropriate comments to my attention directly, eve@patch.com
Jennifer March 02, 2013 at 05:22 AM
This is Jenn Laskin and FYI- I am not posting as jen X...that is someone else, you are confused. It seems alot of the comments "she" wrote were deleted anyway, probably because they were ridiculous, here I am anyway to clarify, that Jen X is not me. Why don't YOU, the well meaning and caring people on this Patch comments section...accept the invite from Danny Contrearas and come together face to face and build something positive instead of being stuck to a computer, reading fake blog posts and getting angry at imaginary people with fabricated ideas? I no long even live in the area, I am in law school on the east coast. Because Watsonvilel is small enough, and has community minded people, with elected official you can access, you might like to talk poorly of your elected officials on line but I know for a fact you can go emet with them face to face and probably have better results...there is alot of potential for conversation and to build something positive with the youth as well. You all might hate the Brown Berets, but when that group was active, they did alot of positive activites and events for 18 years....EIGHTEEN YEARS, and had the support of almost everyone in their endeavors, recived many awards and recognitions. And no matter what you all say...no youth was every hurt, arrested, violent, etc at a brown beret event or meeting. So open your minds past that HISTORY and move forward in a good way with your ACTIONS not just your words on this blog.


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