Santa Cruz police are investigating a shooting Saturday night that hospitalized a 24-year-old man and injured his dog.The shooting was reported at about 7:15 p.m. near the intersection of Woodrow and Plateau avenues, according to police.Arriving officers found the victim with two gunshot wounds, one to his right thigh and the other to his upper torso. He was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition today, police said.The victim’s dog also suffered a gunshot wound to its left front paw. The animal was taken by the victim’s family members to an emergency veterinary hospital for treatment, according to police.Investigators believe the victim was confronted by a group of four or five gang members while walking his dog.The suspects were traveling south on Woodrow Avenue in a gold-colored sport utility vehicle. The suspects got out of the vehicle to ask if the victim was associated with a rival gang member, and one of the suspects eventually took out a small handgun and fired it four or five times at the victim and his dog, police said.The victim fled on foot while the suspects left in the vehicle, which was last seen driving west on Plateau Avenue toward Almar Avenue.The victim described the suspect who shot him as a Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s who had a bald or shaved head and was wearing a blue T-shirt, according to police.Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Santa Cruz Police Department’s investigation section at (831) 420-5820.
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