Teenager Shot By Gang Members

The 15-year-old boy is in stable condition, police said.

A boy was seriously injured after being shot multiple times in Watsonville late Sunday night, the second attempted murder in the city during the weekend.

Police responded to a report around 10:50 p.m. Sunday of shots fired in the 100 block of Miles Lane and found a teenage boy lying on the ground, police said.

"He has absolutely no gang affiliation," Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said.

Investigators learned that the teen was walking home Sunday night when he was confronted by several men who asked him about his gang affiliation.

When the 15-year-old denied being part of a gang, and one of the attackers shot him several times with a gun, police said.

The assailants fled the area and remain at large.

The boy was flown to a trauma center outside of Santa Cruz County where he was treated and listed in stable condition Monday morning.

The shooting comes just a day after a. The victim and another man had been walking when they were accosted by a group. One man got away, but the victim was slashed across his abdomen, suffering life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made in that case either.

Anyone with information about these incident is asked to call Watsonville police at (831) 768-3350 or the Crime Tip Line at (831) 768-3544.

—Bay City News contributed to this report.

Parents of Alyssa May 15, 2012 at 03:42 AM
More teen violence?
beviej May 15, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Aren't they "brave". "Several" men shoot an unarmed 15 yr old. Gangmembers are the most disgusting COWARDS of all time. They are never alone and they always have weapons and they pick one unarmed person every time. This is exactly what happened to Carl Reimer who also had nothing to do with being a stupid gangmember. They are nothing but SCUM, MAGGOTS, GARBAGE, etc. Almost nothing happens to them IF they are caught in our disgusting so called "justice" system and they thumb their noses at authorities. Victims need justice not criminals, who have a choice and their victims do not. How many more deaths is it going to take?
Richard Lewis May 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Propose you "care" and will attend a team building so taking place from 6/8 PM May 24th, sponsored by the key stakeholders.....(follow the monies) for prevention. United Way, Bario Unidos, Resource Center for non violence, etc. in our large SC County. The power of one SCCCCOR who so have the issue of institutional racism. The question of the day? will you be there. 6/8 PM Action Step: Call Sarsh Emmert at 831 457 8208 to learn more and add your name to their mailing list. So much for the reality of what now exists in our county and beyond. How can that continue? With 600 non profits in SC and my question is why is the lead to bring them together in a initiative. What is that first step, the seed to so create. The big brokers, County Office of Educ., Cabrillo, Community Foundation, Chambers, Rotary, local School Districts, or where is the Delinquency Prevention or the Latino Issue Commission is planting the seed for collaboration.? Met this Sunday a father at the flea mkt, his 14 year died and his 17 year old in the hospital from the Salinas area. Your invitation to visit the web presence and join a small team, the sponsor for this May 24th event at the Resource Center for Non Violence. Perhaps the "seed" to lay new track for those who today have but the reality of a track leading to that choice behind the gun...one leading them to a life of crime and violence. To possibilities of a WE. visit the site: www.overcomeracism.org
Jennifer Olds May 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
David H. Perez May 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Richard - Huh? I am having trouble understanding what you are talking about. I did visit the website you suggested and do not understand how this is relevant to this brutal gang attack. In my observation, most gang violence in Watsonville is Latino upon Latino. So how do you figure racism is to blame? Are you one of those people that blames everything on "institutional racism?" This young boy, who was not even a gang member, was walking home and minding his own business when he was attacked for absolutely no reason. How is racism to blame for this? I agree with Beverly Young - these gangsters are simply COWARDS, SCUM, MAGGOTS and GARBAGE. I will add DIRTBAGS to that list. Why not send them all to their own island so they can do the world a service by killing each other, rather than attacking innocent people in the community???


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