After further investigation into the gang-related shootings that took place Saturday night, the Santa Barbara Police Dept. arrested one man believed to have been involved in the altercation.
According to police spokesman Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte, calls concerning “individuals fighting” near the intersection of De la Vina and Gutierrez streets began coming in around 11:25 p.m. on Sept. 27. Later reports alleged that gunshots had also been fired. As police were arriving on the scene, two men admitted themselves to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, each with a sole gunshot wound.
The Santa Barbara Police Dept. is calling the shootings gang-related.
Twenty-two year old Sebastian Covarrubias was arrested Monday in connection with the incident. During a search of Covarrubias’ residence, police recovered the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, as well as a “Molotov cocktail” — a handmade explosive device consisting of a glass bottle filled with alcohol and a rag to light it.
Covarrubias has not been charged with the shooting, but was arrested for the possession of an explosive device.
According to Duarte, a few of the persons involved in the incident are documented gang members, but he could not comment on whether Covarrubias or the victims are gang affiliated.
The victims were an 18-year-old male — who had been shot through the nose — and a 28-year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The 18-year-old was treated and released, while the 28-year-old was admitted to the hospital and was in stable condition as of Monday morning.
Both were involved in the altercation, according to the authorities.
Five or six shots were fired, according to reports, but each victim was hit only once. An undisclosed number of shell castings were found at the scene, as well as an aluminum baseball bat hidden in a nearby bush.
Police detectives are still actively investigating the incident and have asked anyone with information to contact the Police Dept.’s investigative division at (805) 897-2335.