There hasn’t been a tried-and-true ambush on East Camino Cielo probably since the road at the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains was paved, but that’s exactly what Sheriff’s Department deputies, S.B. city cops, and the California Highway Patrol were gathered at Cottage Hospital on Sunday night to check out. According to a report released Monday, a man had called 911around 6:20 p.m. and reported that he and his brother had been shot at near the Arroyo Burro trail shooting range. They returned fire, but managed to escape only after one man had been shot in the hand.
But when the two men, brothers Juan Solis, 20, and Alfredo Solis, 23, arrived at the emergency room, a rather less sinister sort of story emerged. As big brother Alfredo, ran into the hospital with a bloody, gunshot-bearing hand, underwent surgery, little bro Juan gave one version of events. Later Alfredo was questioned, only to give a different version. Deputies knew something funny was amiss, and further questioning revealed the true story when little bro Juan divulged the real account.
It turns out that Alfredo was preparing to fire his weapon out of the window for fun when the gun accidentally went off into his hand, which accounted for the windshield (pictured) that seemed to have been penetrated from the inside out. Because they were embarrassed, the brothers concocted the tale of the ambush, thinking it would save them from further ridicule. Little did they know that The Indy would be on the scene, snapping photos of their unsafe shooting shenanigans. Also recovered on Sunday evening was the handgun, which proved to be the real villain in this case.
Despite the law enforcement manpower needed to handle this gunshot snafu, no charges are being sought. The investigation has been closed as an accidental gunshot. The ambush will have to wait.