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The victim in Monday's gang-related stabbing is taken into custody for questioning in connection with Tuesday's shooting near the Milpas Street Taco Bell. He was later released.

Paul Wellman

The victim in Monday's gang-related stabbing is taken into custody for questioning in connection with Tuesday's shooting near the Milpas Street Taco Bell. He was later released.


Reports of Man With Rifle on East De La Guerra Street

UPDATE: Monday’s Gang-Related Stabbing Victim Taken Into Custody for Questioning and Eventually Released


Originally published 3:43 p.m., May 14, 2013
Updated 10:00 p.m., May 14, 2013
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[UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.]: The man in the hospital gown taken into police custody Tuesday afternoon following the Taco Bell shooting incident has been released, said Harwood. Harwood again couldn’t confirm that the man is the victim of Monday’s stabbing, but said he was let go after being interviewed by detectives. Authorities continue to investigate Tuesday’s shooting and are still looking for suspects.

[UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.]: In a strange twist to the investigation of a man with a rifle on East De La Guerra Street, the victim in Monday’s gang-related stabbing — who suffered non-life threatening puncture wounds to his lower back and a contusion to his head during the East Gutierrez Street confrontation — has been taken into police custody for questioning in Tuesday’s incident. The victim, who hasn’t been publicly named by authorities, was wearing a hospital gown as he was led in handcuffs out of an apartment complex at 823 East De La Guerra and placed into a police cruiser. The victim had not been cooperating with detectives looking into Monday’s stabbing. It’s not clear how he’s involved in the shooting incident.

While police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood couldn’t confirm that the man in the hospital gown taken into custody has any connection to the Monday stabbing, he said officers responded to calls of a shot fired near the the Taco Bell at 821 North Milpas Street at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Interviews with witnesses, who said they saw a man holding a rifle flee the scene, led authorities to the nearby apartment complex where a swarm of heavily armed officers descended. Early reports indicate a blue hatchback car was somehow involved in the shooting. No one is believed to have been hurt in the incident.

Santa Barbara police respond to reports of a shot fired near the Taco Bell on Milpas Street
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Paul Wellman

Santa Barbara police respond to reports of a shot fired near the Taco Bell on Milpas Street

[UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.]: Things appear under control about an hour and a half after emergency calls went out of a man with a rifle on East De La Guerra Street. While details surrounding the incident have not been publicly released, police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood said Santa Barbara High and Jr. High schools are no longer on lockdown and the area is secure. It’s unclear if anyone has been taken into custody. The investigation into the reports continues, he said.

[ORIGINAL REPORT]: Santa Barbara police officers are responding to reports of a man with a rifle on the 800 block of East De La Guerra Street. Nearby Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara Jr. High School have been put on lockdown as a precaution. Authorities are advising residents in the area to use caution and for commuters to avoid the area if possible.

The situation is currently unfolding, so check back for more details.

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Sounds like someone is begging to go to prison.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 5:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In the pictures yesterday his head was heavily bandaged. Strange there appears to be no damage to his head which would have been shaved if the wounds had been extensive. Also knife punctures to the lower back would make walking , not to mention running, painful and difficult.

samuel (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 6:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't think he voluntarily came out like that, I'm pretty sure the police used their power of persuasion and their Glocks to make the sick walk again.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 8:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lets see, gang related stabbing, retailiation with rifle at stabbers place of employment?

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 6:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Kinda makes you want to eat at Taco Bell doesn't it?

Byrd (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

was the rifle loaded? Chick Fil A might be safer :-)

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Contrary to its marketing dept, Chik Fill-A is no safer and potentially as harmful to the human digestive tract as a stray bullet.

here's an objective resource http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012...

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

personal weaponry or not, should these incidents make us study the benefits/problems of the City's proposed gang injunction?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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