Santa Paula Times

SPPD asks public for information
after known gang member shot

January 22, 2016
Santa Paula News

A known Santa Paula gang member was shot Tuesday evening and police are asking the public for information on the attack that left the victim with a non-life threatening wound.

According to Santa Paula Police Sgt. Cody Madison, the January 19 incident occurred shortly before 9:14 p.m. when SPPD Officers responded to the 100 block of East Ventura Street for a report of a shooting victim.

“When officers arrived they located a male adult who suffered from a gunshot wound to the left arm that appeared not to be life threatening.”

The 39-year-old victim told officers he had been approached by another “male subject, and as the victim walked away he heard the shot,” and felt the bullet strike him in the arm. 

The wound was “A through-and-through shot” that Madison  said was in the forearm of the victim.

After Santa Paula Fire EMTs and ambulance personnel treated the victim on scene he was transported to Ventura County Medical Center where he was treated for his injury.

The unidentified victim said Madison “Was quasi-cooperative…he gave the officers that were at the scene a statement but when detectives went to the hospital he said he had nothing more to say.”

Santa Paula Police are familiar with the victim, a known gang member. 

“There’s a code of silence,” among gang members and noted Madison, “They don’t want to rat on each other…”

The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information on the incident contact Detective Shane Norwood at (805) 525-4474 x 287 or

Or, call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-5691. Tips can be sent by email to

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward for persons responsible for certain crimes. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477); the call is not recorded and the caller may remain anonymous.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). 

Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website,