At 1 a.m. Jan. 31, police officers were dispatched to the Santa Maria hospital after 18-year-old Bobby Romero-Torrez showed up there with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening.
Detectives reviewed evidence and were able to determine Romero-Torrez shot himself accidentally, police Sgt. Paul Flores said.
The man initially told police the shooting occurred near the intersection of Cook and Western streets.
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Romero-Torrez was booked into jail for violating terms of his state parole on Jan. 31, but this week was rebooked for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm with a gang enhancement.
A second man was arrested in connection with the incident after officers identified a witness to the shooting as Guy Parris, 20, of Santa Maria, Flores said.
Parris, a convicted felon, allegedly had ammunition consistent with the gunshot wound to Romero-Torrez, police said.
Parris was arrested Jan. 31 for violating probation and being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.
The reported shooting was one of two to occur in three days in Santa Maria.