Santa Barbara – The UCSB community, having just honored those “first responders” credited with saving lives and providing emergency services to the victims of last year’s Isla Vista killing that left six people dead and 14 others injured, continues to be the scene of gun violence.
In the early evening of Monday, May 11th, just 12 days shy of the first anniversary of the Isla Vista mass shootings, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a shooting at a student-housing apartment complex just off campus where an earlier altercation took place, wherein two male UCSB students suffered, according to SBSD Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, gunshot wounds, one of which was “a transverse wound in the abdomen,” the other of which was “a through and through wound to the upper left chest.”
Upon arrival at the scene, deputies found 22-year old James Joshua Taylor being subdued by other tenants of the apartment building. A handgun was found nearby, and investigation promptly indicated that Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez, a 19-year old Goleta resident, had fled the scene in “a white four-door sedan.” Both shooting victims and Taylor were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for their injuries suffered in the altercation.
Shortly thereafter, Gutierrez went to Goleta Valley Hospitals with injuries he alleged had been suffered pursuant to a minor vehicle accident on the UCSB campus. Medical staff there transferred Gutierrez to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for higher-level treatment of his injuries, where SBSD detectives discovered him and placed him under arrest.
Both Taylor and Gutierrez remain hospitalized, and were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail “in absentia” on charges of attempted murder, robbery, discharge of a firearm in the commission of a felony causing great bodily injury, and participation in a criminal street gang.
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