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A woman was shot to death Monday night in Santa Maria, and a suspect and a missing child were being sought in what appears to be a case of domestic violence.
Santa Maria police Sgt. Jason Zickuhr confirmed the death, which occurred on the 200 block of North College Drive at approximately 8:45 p.m.
Nearly 4 hours later, police issued an Amber Alert, seeking Daniel Morozov, a 9-year-old boy last seen in Santa Maria.
The boy has white skin, brown eyes and brown hair, is 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 90 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans.
The notification identified the suspect as Konstantin Morozov, 48. He also has white skin, brown hair and brown eyes, is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds.
“The suspect abducted the child from Santa Maria, California. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous,” the alert issued early Tuesday said.
Konstantin Morozov was last seen driving a blue 2015 Volkswagen Golf with a California license plate number of 7JGG242, the Amber Alert notification said.
Anyone who sees the vehicle or suspect should call 911, authorities said.
The suspect may be the shooting victim’s husband, according to emergency radio traffic.
The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to emergency radio traffic.
The suspect, who is believed to speak Russian or German, fled on foot, according to radio traffic.
No one was in custody as of 11 p.m., Police Chief Phil Hansen said.
“We’re working some stuff pretty hard right now,” Hansen added.
A neighbor told Noozhawk she heard several shots being fired.
“Obviously, it’s a tragedy,” Hansen said. “It’s not going to be a whodunnit, I don’t think.”
This is the first homicide in the city of Santa Maria in 2017, with the previous one occurring in September 2016.
Other homicides in the valley this year have occurred outside the city limits and in Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction.