This weekend, two separate gun-related incidents took place in Isla Vista; while the subject involved in one occurrence was apprehended, the other remains at large.
Early Saturday morning, a man was seen carrying a rifle down the 6600 block of Sabado Tarde Road, and early the next day, a gunshot was fired on the 6500 block of the same street.
The suspect in Saturday’s incident was described as a blonde, long-haired white male wearing a white t-shirt with blue letters, a dark-colored jacket and a green baseball cap. After the combined efforts of Isla Vista Foot Patrol, UCPD and a canine unit, the man was apprehended and the rifle was recovered by the police.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to Sunday’s incident, where they found multiple witnesses who recalled the events surrounding the shot. According to a press release, witnesses said the suspect pulled out a chrome semi-automatic handgun towards an apartment building on Sabado Tarde Road and fired one shot following a verbal argument. When deputies searched the area, they were able to locate the single expended bullet shell casing but did not locate the suspect.
The shooter is described as a Hispanic male, standing at about 5’6” and weighing 150 to 170 pounds and is thought to be roughly 19 to 22 years old. The suspect, who was last seen walking east toward downtown Isla Vista, was reportedly wearing an Oakland Raiders hat, blue jeans and a gray UCSB sweatshirt with blue writing outlined in yellow.
No one was injured in either of the incidents, but police are urging students and the community to remain safe and use the Community Service Officer Escort Service.
If anyone has additional information on Sunday’s unresolved incident, the Sheriff’s office urges community members to contact them at (805) 681-4100.