Crime

Double shooting leaves one dead in northwest Santa Maria

Santa Maria police were investigating a double shooting — with one fatality — that occurred late Monday night in the northwest part of the city.

Officers responded to the 400 block of North Oakley Avenue at approximately 10 p.m. for a shooting investigation, police said.

An adult victim died while a juvenile, who reportedly suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was in surgery Tuesday morning, police said.

The incident came in the middle of a busy night for Santa Maria police.

“We have officers going all kinds of different directions right now,” Lt. Mark Norling said Monday night.

Police initially provided no details about the victims or their conditions, but emergency radio traffic indicated there may have been one person killed and another seriously wounded.

After kicking off the new year with six homicides recorded in January, Santa Maria has been without any slayings since the first month of 2016.

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