Crime

Santa Maria gunshot victim apparently shot himself, police say

Bobby Romero-Torrez
Bobby Romero-Torrez

A man who showed up at Marian Regional Medical Center last week with a gunshot wound apparently shot himself, Santa Maria police said Wednesday.

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.

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.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.

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