UPDATE: Teen shooting victims were Lucia Mar students

newsroom@thetribunenews.comNovember 17, 2011 

UPDATE 4:03 p.m. Friday: Both victims of a drive-by shooting in Oceano on Thursday evening attended schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District, officials said at a news conference this afternoon.

Gabriel Salgado, 17, of Oceano was a senior at Lopez High School. Salgado died of a head wound this morning.

The other victim, a 14-year-old, is an Arroyo Grande High School student. The teen had surgery at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital this morning.

The following statement was released by the school district:

"On Thursday evening there was a shooting in Oceano that has unfortunately affected two of our students. It is with a sad and heavy heart that we have learned that one of our students, Gabriel Salgado who attended Lopez High School, has passed away as a result of his injuries. The Lucia Mar Unified School District, all of our teachers, staff, and students would like to offer our most sincere condolences to Gabriel’s family, friends, and loved ones. Our thoughts are with the Salgado family as they deal with this tragedy.

"The other victim of this shooting is also a Lucia Mar student who attends Arroyo Grande High School. Our thoughts and best wishes for his full recovery are with this student and his family.

"In the best interest of our students’ wellbeing, additional counseling support was available at our schools today. The first priority of our district has always been and always will be the wellbeing of our students and staff, so we will continue to provide resources and support as needed.

"Even though this incident did not happen on school grounds, we are working closely with law enforcement officials as their investigation proceeds, and they have our full cooperation as always.

"Lucia Mar prides itself on being a positive and supportive member of this great community and hopes we can continue to come together as a community and heal from this tragedy."

UPDATE 12:20 p.m. Friday: The 17-year-old boy who was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting in Oceano on Thursday has died.

Gabriel Salgado of Oceano died at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria this morning, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

No suspects have been identified in the shooting, which happened about 6:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of 21st Street.

A 14-year-old boy was struck in the leg and treated at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m. Friday: About 30 Sheriff’s Office personnel were canvassing neighborhoods in the South County into the early-morning hours today to find the person who might have shot two teens Thursday night in Oceano.

The victims, ages 15 and 17, were walking along 21st Street around 6:30 p.m. when a car drove by and someone fired shots from the passenger side of the vehicle.

One of the boys was taken with serious injuries to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria. The other was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. Sheriff’s investigators did not detail the extent of the injuries; initial reports said one of the victims had been shot in the head, while the other was shot in the leg or torso.

Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn said investigators were in the field until 4 this morning. “We were interviewing as many people as we could, following up leads we did have,” he said, declining to give specifics. Bryn expects to have an update this afternoon.

Original story: Two Oceano teenagers were victims of a drive-by shooting Thursday night in Oceano, leaving them both in the hospital and their assailants at large, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

The two teens, ages 15 and 17, were walking along 21st Street around 6:30 p.m. when a car drove by and someone began firing from the passenger side of the vehicle, said Sheriff Ian Parkinson at the scene of the crime Thursday night.

After being shot, one of the victims ran into a nearby home, while the other fell to the ground, said Parkinson.

“This did not appear to be a random shooting,” he said.

The victim with more serious wounds was taken Thursday night to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria. The other victim was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

Initial reports said that one teen had been shot in the head and the other in the leg or torso. The Sheriff’s Office could not verify those reports.

As of press time, the two teens were still in the hospital, one in serious condition and the other in stable condition, said Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn.

The suspect or suspects are still at large, said Bryn.

Sheriff’s deputies found about 30 people — mostly male teens and young adults — at the scene when they arrived, Parkinson said.

“When we arrived on scene, there was a lot of emotion and panic and a lot of upset people,” he said.

Monica Santos, a 22-year resident of Oceano, said she was inside her house when she heard the shots. She said she immediately ran outside.

“A car passed by and started shooting. One boy got hit in the leg, and one boy got hit in the head,” she said. Suspecting that the shooting was gang-related, authorities at the scene summoned the San Luis Obispo County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, according to radio dispatches from first responders.

“That’s a real problem out here,” Santos said of gang crimes in Oceano.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has alerted authorities that the vehicle involved may have been a four-door, gray Honda Accord with dark windows, according to radio dispatches.

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