Police Are Still Looking For Suspects
WATSONVILLE—Just a few days after Christmas, officers with the Watsonville Police Department responded to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival they found a vehicle partially on the sidewalk and the driver slumped over the steering wheel.
On Sunday December 28, officers responding to the area of Marchant Street and Maple Avenue located one victim who had a gunshot wound to the head. The victim’s car was partially on the sidewalk and he was slumped over in the driver’s seat.
Police were able to get a description of a suspected vehicle that had fled the scene. They notified all county agencies and a area-wide search for the white small SUV was conducted, but with negative results.
The victim was an 18-year-old resident from the City of Watsonville, later identified as Moises Perdomo. He was transported to a Bay Area trauma center, where he later died from his injuries. This case is still being investigation and police are following up leads.
“We have learned the suspect and victim were involved in a ‘road rage’ incident around Watsonville High School.” Watsonville Police Lieutenant Saul Gonzales said, “The confrontation ended in a deadly encounter which left one 18-year-old male shot and killed.”
Investigators believe there are gang overtones, but the victim reportedly did not have any gang ties. The reason for the initial confrontation is still unknown at this time. The Watsonville Police Department has put extra resources to gang enforcement over several days after the shooting.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that donations may be made. Perdomo’s Family Fund established to ship his body home to Honduras can be sent to 15 Madison St., Watsonville, CA 95076.
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