2 Students Injured In Isla Vista Shooting And Assault Incident, Suspects Arrested
On Tuesday, four people were sent to the hospital after a shooting and assault incident in Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara campus the previous night. The victims included two gunmen and two students.
The incident came a year after six students were killed by Eliot Rodger during a rampage that shook the seaside community.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, reports of gunfire came Monday shortly before 7:30 p.m. from a home in the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde Road. The location is blocks away from the university campus.
Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez, 19, and James Joshua Taylor, 22, went to the residence of two UCSB students. Gutierrez knew the residents.
Officers responded to a “domestic disturbance” after an altercation occurred between the visitors and the residents, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Gutierrez fled the scene, while the injured were transported to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
After some time, Gutierrez went to the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and said he had been injured in a vehicle accident on the UCSB campus. Seeing the extent of his wounds, he was brought to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where it was confirmed that he was one of the two suspects in the shooting.
Security arrived at the university, urging students to remain where they were. Dormitories and campus facilities were on lockdown.
According to the Mirror, a series of campus alerts was issued: “At about 7:30 PM police and Sheriff’s responded to the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde for a report of a shooting that had just occurred.
“A Hispanic male adult fled the area, possibly in a white sedan.
“He was last seen driving toward Highway 217.
“At this time, Police and Sheriff’s are searching the area and investigating the incident.
“People are advised to stay inside and shelter in place until further notice.”
Both suspects, upon their release from the hospital, will be booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail for attempted murder, robbery, participating in a criminal street gang and discharge of a firearm. In addition, Gutierrez will be charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
Students also posted their condolences on social media.
In light of the Monday shooting, Spencer Dominy, a UCSB student, said, “I know this is a little different than what happened last year, but it’s really difficult because it brings back all the same emotions that we had that night.”
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