A man was shot and another was stabbed in two separate incidents at the same apartment complex in Watsonville on Sunday, Santa Cruz County sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were initially called to the apartment complex at 312 Tierra Alta Drive at around 3 a.m. A man had been sitting in his car in the parking lot when three males approached, asked the man where he was from and accused him of being from a rival gang, according to the sheriff’s office. One pulled out a gun, and the men then stole personal property from the victim.
The suspects shot at the man when he ran away, sheriff’s officials said. The man escaped with injuries that were not life-threatening, and the suspects drove away in a black 2003 Honda Accord with California license plate No. 6GUN911. One suspect was described as a tall 20-year-old Hispanic man, with a heavy build. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and a black hat. Another was described as a roughly 18-year-old Hispanic man who was bald or had short black hair. A description of the third suspect was not available, deputies said.
The incident is believed to be gang-related. Later that day, at around 10 p.m., deputies responded to the same apartment complex on reports of a stabbing. It was determined that the stabbing was the result of a fight between two groups of males. All of the suspects were detained, and deputies believe the incident was also gang-related. Sheriff’s officials said they are working with the management for the apartment complex to address the recent violence and create a safety plan for its residents and visitors.
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