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Police are searching for the suspect in a drive-by shooting that occurred in Watsonville Friday night. At about 9:15 p.m., the suspect drove a late 90s model red and brown Nissan Quest minivan past the victims on West Front and Grove streets. The suspect then turned his vehicle around and drove back toward the victims, police said.
The driver and sole occupant of the van, extended his arm out his window and fired a single shot from a pistol, striking the victim’s vehicle, according to police. The bullet failed to strike any of the occupants of the vehicle, police said. The suspect vehicle then fled eastbound on West Front Street before turning north on Rodriquez Street toward West Riverside Drive, police said.
According to the victims, the suspect was a Hispanic man in his early 20s, wearing a brown Pendelton shirt and a red hat at the time of the shooting. Police conducted an extensive search of the area, but the suspect was not located. The suspect was described as possibly being affiliated with a gang, however police are uncertain whether the shooting was gang-motivated.