In the sunny driveway of a Paso Robles apartment complex Sunday afternoon, neighbors and friends gathered to chat and mourn the death of a resident who was shot there Saturday evening.
They stood just feet away from a small memorial of votives and roses on the asphalt, marking the spot where he died.
Multiple people at the scene Sunday identified the victim as a single resident of the complex in his late 30s. A neighbor, who wished to not be identified for fear of being associated with the incident, said he heard two shots just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Then he heard a car quickly depart.
When Paso Robles police responded to the complex on the 3100 block of Spring Street, they found a man in the driveway with a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbors and friends identified the man to The Tribune, but police did not officially identify him Sunday.
The neighbors and friends described the victim as relaxed and peaceful.
“He didn’t go looking for trouble,” said a woman, who said her family was close to the dead man. She declined to be identified, as she spoke through her tears.
“He loved kids, and he was always willing to do stuff for everybody,” she said. He worked in construction, she added.
Acquaintances said the killing was a surprise. When asked whether they believe that the man was involved with a gang, they said no.
Police declined to comment on the investigation. No motive had been determined, and there was no description for the suspect or a vehicle.
The police urge anyone who has information about the crime and who wishes to remain anonymous to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or text “SLOTIPS” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).