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Watsonville Police Investigating Fatal Shooting of Teenage Boy

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Police and sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that killed a teenage boy in Watsonville Wednesday, a Watsonville police spokesman said. Around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday evening, the teenage boy was confronted in the area of Ross Avenue and Airport Boulevard and was shot multiple times, according to Watsonville police spokesman Lt. Saul Gonzalez.

The victim, whose name and age are not being released until his family has been notified, was found after Watsonville firefighters heard gunshots near the firehouse on Airport Boulevard and went outside to investigate, Gonzalez said.

Firefighters found the teenage boy on Airport Boulevard attempting to stop traffic for assistance. The fire department immediately started life-saving procedures and notified the police. The victim was flown to a bay area hospital and was pronounced dead before arrival, according to Gonzalez.

After preliminary investigations, officers determined that they are searching for a black, older two-door Honda Civic with a heavy set, dark-skinned male passenger, Gonzalez said.

Police are also working closely with the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department, who investigated a shooting that resulted in no injuries near Bowker Road an hour prior to the incident.

It remains unclear whether or not the two shootings are related, Gonzalez said. The shooting appears to be gang motivated, but the motive behind the shooting remains unknown, according to Gonzalez.

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