18-Year-Old Gangmember Shot Over Weekend

Victim Expected to Survive but Not Cooperating with Authorities

Monday, March 18, 2013
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An 18-year-old Santa Barbara gang member was shot once in the abdomen this weekend, and though the police say there’s no evidence to suggest the incident is gang-related, the victim hasn’t been cooperating with authorities, and it’s unclear whether the man’s injury was the result of a criminal act, accident, or was self-inflicted.

Officers responded to the 600 block of Wentworth Avenue at 12:04 a.m. to find the victim lying on the west sidewalk, said police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood in a media release. He was transported by paramedics to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and is expected to survive, said Harwood.

The subsequent investigation revealed the victim was attending a family gathering in the area when he was shot. No more information has been released at this point.


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Oh no... This couldn't have possibly been gang related...
When will we learn that we need to REALLY start cracking down on these little scumbags?

waz (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 1:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The police chief will add this to his cooked crime stats and call it a "gang crime" even if it was a distraught teenager trying to commit suicide, as this article reports was possible.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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BeachFan (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

It will be interesting to find out more details about this situation. Since the victim isn't cooperating, detectives will have their work cut out.

805bailbonds (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Love all the speculation as to his character etc. It's the PD who've deemed the subject a gangmember at this point in time. Anybody can be deemed a gangmember.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 2:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Self-inflicted or accidental? Wouldn't they know if they found a gun on him? also who in the world shoots themselves in the stomach as suicide? I am glad my family gatherings aren't so dangerous.

skaterspoint (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 4:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Most self-inflicted suicidally motivated gunshot wounds are in the stomache.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How about if he had a gun in his jacket pocket, and accidently set it off, shooting himself in the stomach, and since it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon, ditched it in order to avoid legal problems?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Possibly. That doesn't necessarily make him a gangmember. All we really can do here is conjecture and make jokes.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 6:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We can pass judgement and debate whether or not this man shot himself, but by making such statements without evidence to back up our claims, we shoot the foot.

dullfin (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 1:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

He was probably trying to stick the gun into his waistband and caught the hammer spur on something (belt, rope, boxers) and since it's always a great idea to have your trigger finger on the trigger and discharged the weapon thus shooting himself in the stomach. A typical gang appearance to brandishing a firearm in public or in front of the mirror.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 5:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

According to the police: '"I can confirm he was an Eastside gang member but not that it was gang related," Sgt. Harwood told the News-Press.' and also '"I don't think the public needs to be any more concerned by this incident," he said.'

Why not be concerned when an apparently unarmed (or at least no reports that he was armed) 18-year-old is found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot to the stomach! Concerning also is how many here are _not_ concerned. If this young man was their family member would they also not be concerned?

The simple fact that the victim is not cooperating with the police suggests this is a gang-related incident.

at_large (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

He'll survive only to get shot again, eventually. And not a moment too soon. Gangs are a disease that need to be permanently eradicated.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gangs are a disease that need to be permanently eradicated...

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 3:13 p.m

...But only if society is willing to address the root causes.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Easy Cobra.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 4:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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