Crime

19-year-old fatally shot in Santa Maria is identified

A 19-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning in the 200 block of Lazo Way in northwest Santa Maria.
A 19-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning in the 200 block of Lazo Way in northwest Santa Maria.

Update, 2:15 p.m.

The man has been identified as Edward Jonathan Ramirez of Santa Maria.

Original story:

A 19-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting early Sunday, Santa Maria’s second homicide of 2017.

Officers were dispatched about 12:45 a.m., after a report of shots fired on the 2000 block of Lazo Way in northwest Santa Maria, police said.

The victim had been shot while he was near the road, police said.

Efforts to resuscitate him were not successful, police said, adding that they were conducting a homicide investigation. The Santa Maria resident’s name will not be released until family members are notified, police said.

Anyone with information related to the crime can contact the Watch Commander’s Office at 805-928-3781, ext. 2297.

The city’s first homicide of 2017 occurred Aug. 21, when a man shot his ex-wife, Natalia Morozova, and fled with their young son, prompting an Amber Alert.

Nearly 24 hours later, the man, Konstantin Morozov, was located and fatally shot by Los Angeles Police Department officers after confronting them. The boy was found safe.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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