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A teenager was shot near the railroad tracks in Santa Cruz on Friday night in a gang-related incident, police said. Police responded to reports of gunshots near the railroad tracks underneath the West Cliff Trestle at 8:04 p.m. Initial reports were that a person with a gun was shooting at several others who were running away.When police arrived, they found a 16-year-old boy suffering from gunshot wounds to his lower body.
That victim was flown to a trauma center with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police.Nearby, police found a victim who had not been hit by the gunfire, a 28-year-old Santa Cruz resident.Police learned that the incident was potentially gang related and that as many as five suspects were involved.Officers established a perimeter and searched the area with the assistance of a Watsonville police dog.
Police are interviewing one person found near the corner of Bay and Centennial streets to determine if he was involved, however no suspects are in custody. All of the suspects are believed to be between 18 and 25 years old. Three are Hispanic, one is about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and was wearing black pants with a white t-shirt.
Another is 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and was wearing black pants and a white shirt, possibly carrying a backpack. The third is 5 feet 10 inches and 150 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, and a stocky muscular build and was wearing dark pants, a white shirt, a backpack and a black baseball cap with red outlined lettering.
Two of the suspects are white; one is 5 feet 8 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and wearing dark pants and a white or gray shirt. The other is 6 feet 2 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and wearing black pants, a white shirt and white shoes. Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Santa Cruz police at (831) 420-5820.
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