Officers Investigating Pre-Thanksgiving Murder
Fire Department Tried Life Saving Procedures
WATSONVILLE—On the evening when many people are heading out of town to gather with family, the Watsonville Police Department was investigating the pre-Thanksgiving Day murder of a teenager.
On Wednesday November 26, at 6:20 p.m., the Watsonville Fire Department notified the Watsonville Police that a young man had been shot multiple times and was found near the intersection of Ross Avenue and Airport Boulevard.
The Fire Department was the first to respond because they heard the shots from the firehouse located on Airport Boulevard. As they went outside to investigate, they saw the victim attempting to wave down vehicles for help.
While notifying the Police Department, they immediately started emergency procedures in an effort to save the young man’s life. The victim was life-flighted to a Bay Area trauma center, but was pronounced dead prior to their arrival.
A preliminary investigation concluded that Watsonville Police Department Investigators are looking for an older model two-door Honda Civic seen leaving the scene with a heavyset dark skinned male passenger inside.
The shooting appears to be gang related but the exact motive has yet to be determined. The name and age of the victim has not been released until his family has been notified.
“We are also working closely with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, who is also investigating a shooting the happened an hour earlier, near Bowker Road.” Watsonville Police Lieutenant Saul Gonzalez wrote,” No one was hurt in that incident and it remains unclear if the two are related.”
The Watsonville Police Department is asking that if anyone has information about this incident should call the Watsonville Police Department’s Investigation Unit at 831-768-3350.