Olive Street Shooting Victim Declared Dead

21-Year-Old Victim Shot Multiple Times While Riding Bicycle

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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The 21-year-old man shot Tuesday evening in the 1000 block of Olive Street was declared dead roughly 35 minutes after being shot, according to police Wednesday morning. While authorities continue to follow leads — at least one of which resulted in a warrant being served Tuesday night — no one has been arrested.

According to sources, City Administrator Jim Armstrong sent an email to City Hall officials Tuesday night explaining a “white male” had been murdered. The sources, who haven’t been authorized to speak on the record, also stated the victim was riding a bike when the shooting occurred, and that he may have been surprised in some kind of ambush scenario.

Sgt. Riley Harwood said Wednesday morning the man suffered from multiple gunshot wounds. Information passed to The Independent indicated the victim was riding a bicycle southbound on the east sidewalk of Olive Street, mid-block. Officers were at the scene — just a few blocks from police headquarters and even closer to Santa Barbara High School — within three minutes.

Harwood said he was not in a position to confirm if the incident was gang-related.

Tension on the street has been escalating the last several weeks, according to several people. Palabra, a youth outreach organization run by former gang member J.P. Herrada, said his group has been working for a couple of months to quell any violence, but that retaliations had “been escalating for awhile now.”

This is the first murder on Santa Barbara city streets in more than a year, and the first murder involving a firearm since Corey Lyons shot two relatives in their home in 2009.


While his statement was used by this paper to show a rise of retaliations on the street in recent months, J.P. Herrada wanted to clarify the context of his statement to The Independent. Several groups, like Palabra, work to keep the peace on the streets, and have seen success even in recent months of escalating back-and-forth aggression, but when isolated incidents of violence occur, the impact should not be an increase in police funding, but of services to youth.

Said Herrada: “We understand the need for suppression, but along with that has to come intervention services so we can get ahead and keep the youth on the right path. It is possible to get ahead of situations before they become a problem or escalate to violence. That is what we do and that is where the funding is needed.”


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"...former gang member J.P. Herrada, said his group has been working for a couple of months to quell any violence, but that retaliations had “been escalating for awhile now.”

Wondering could this be branded as a "hate crime" IF they determine that the victim was killed because he was "white" ??

yendopostal (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hate crime? What for? It's not like they aren't going to throw the book at whoever did this anyways.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 2:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@yendopostal - Maybe it should be considered a "hate crime" to put self-serving rhetorical comments before a minimum of respectful consideration of a dead 21 year old kid...of any race.


Native1 (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 3:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Did the victim know his killers?...

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I knew this boy. His family is devastated. What's wrong with this world,

chekitana (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 5:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is horrible news. My deepest condolences to this young man's family.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 2:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What is wrong with this world? Heartlessness, and forgetting the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would want them to treat you. Always. Down to the smallest things, like using your turn signals and allowing people to merge safely when driving, saying thank you to the busboy, smiling at the parking attendant, making sure your elderly neighbor is OK. And the biggest thing: raising compassionate children capable of empathy. When I misbehaved as a child, my parents didn't make excuses for me or look the other way. My dad would end me to my room without supper to meditate on my misdeeds. My mom was even more effective. She would just give me a disappointed look and say "You made Baby Jesus cry." Simple, but very effective.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 3:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

My apologies for what was taken as an insensitive comment, I meant no disrespect. Of course this IS a sad and horrible event - Especially for those involved.

What is wrong with this world? I have some ideas: Apart from wanton violence against each other it is the ease at which we launch personal attacks (physical and verbal)

yendopostal (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 10:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This sucks for too many reasons. On top of it all, Palabra pushes the self serving need that we should not increase police funding to stop morons from shooting people on our streets, but instead give them more money. This town is nuts and we have another dead son and another grieving family.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 2:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Call it self-serving if that's your bias but some of us are uncomfortable with the degree of power it can give to profilers.

ahem (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 5:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We really need to curb gun violence

fyu (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 11:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There is a dead person, probably from the results of gang violence, and you bring up theoretical profiling?
That was not my bias but a statement of fact taken directly from the article.
Some of us are uncomfortable with the fact that Martians may snatch us open and insert anal probes, which also has nothing to do with this.
Is potential profiling the Progressive retort to everything for Gawdsakes?
Someone was KILLED. Wake up and smell the coffee...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 5:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Saviano is a national treasure. Watch his movie Gommorah to get a true picture of the sociopath scum in Italy.
And DD and I completely agree and I do not get why we tolerate this stuff.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've long wanted to see Gommorah, do you think that's where SB is headed Italiansurg? Criterion has it out on blu.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 12:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hate saying this, but my wife and I see too many parallels for one simple reason: we have learned to tolerate gang violence, often under the heading of "diversity" instead of making deviant groups, of whatever affiliation, meet the upper bar of societal norms. In Sicilia and Napoli, people are led to believe that there is no other way and as much as they hate it; "what are you going to do?" prevails. After many generations it just becomes loathed and accepted. This crap has never been accepted in other parts of Italy and it is not because ethnocentric groups have not tried.
We've never understood the romanticized version of the Mafia in the U.S. There is nothing romantic about a tattooed Mexican Illegal Alien Gang Banger OR a Sicilian American that wears an Italian suit and both should be scorned.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 7:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Or a Wall Street banker or politician in a three piece suit for that matter.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 4:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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