A Nipomo man was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly shot a man Thursday at a Conserv Fuel gas station on East Betteravia Road in Santa Maria, according to a news release from the Santa Maria Police Department.
The victim suffered a head wound and was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to a Noozhawk.com story. Noozhawk said police believed the shooting stemmed from an altercation at the gas pumps.
About 7 p.m. Friday, Santa Maria police conducted a traffic stop on the 900 block of North Broadway in Santa Maria on the suspect, Pedro Santiago, 41, of Nipomo, the news release said. Santiago was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.
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Bail for attempted murder is typically $500,000, according to Santa Maria police Sgt. Eligio Lara. Santiago was no longer in custody Sunday afternoon.
Officers located several firearms during a search of Santiago’s vehicle.
About 11 p.m., Santa Maria Police Department investigators served a related search warrant at a location on Orchard Road in Nipomo. Investigators found more than a dozen firearms, including handguns, rifles and assault-type rifles, and a large quantity of ammunition, the news release said. Two men were arrested at the Nipomo location on weapons-related charges; they are not suspected to be involved with the shooting incident.
Franklin Edgar Lopez, 25, of Nipomo was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and Rafael Lopez, 21, of Nipomo was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of possessing an assault rifle.
Santa Maria police are not looking for any additional suspects related to the shooting, according to the news release.