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Suspect barricades himself in house after double shooting in Santa Maria

Police officers respond after a reported double shooting in northern Santa Maria Thursday afternoon.
Police officers respond after a reported double shooting in northern Santa Maria Thursday afternoon. Noozhawk.com

A suspect in a double shooting was barricaded in a West Bunny Avenue home surrounded by police Thursday evening, authorities said.

Another suspect was arrested following a double shooting Thursday afternoon near an apartment complex in the 800 block of North Bradley Road, according to the Santa Maria Police department.

“We’re working through the barricade process, so we’re going to be here for a while,” Lt. Russ Mengel said.

Authorities said two adult males were shot, suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. Their relationship to the suspects is unknown, police said.

One victim was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center, and the other was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Mengel said.

Authorities set up an incident command post at Atkinson Park, and SWAT responded to the scene.

A helicopter was also dispatched to circle the scene shortly after 5 p.m.

Police said they did not know if the shooting was gang-related.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Noozhawk editor Janene Scully contributed to this report.

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