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Santa Cruz Police Seek Suspects In Drive-By Shooting Who Escaped During 13-Mile Chase

Credit: SCPD.
Credit: SCPD.
Police are seeking an unknown number of suspects in a drive-by 
shooting Wednesday outside a motel in Santa Cruz who escaped during a 13-mile car chase, police said Thursday. 

At about 7 p.m. Wednesday, witnesses flagged down Santa Cruz 
police officers and reported a shooting at a motel near San Lorenzo Boulevard 
and Canfield Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said. 

The witnesses told officers that suspects inside a white compact 
car had confronted three males in the parking lot of the Budget Motel at 110 
San Lorenzo Blvd.
 and shot at them, Clark said. 

Police recovered bullet casings and located the holes from five 
bullets that struck the motel's office and living area. 

Both areas were occupied at the time and one of the slugs narrowly 
missed hitting a person who was in the living quarters watching television, 
but no one was injured in the shooting, Clark said. 

Police Officer Jason Kelley, who responded to the area, spotted 
the suspects' car heading north on the 1500 block of Ocean Street but when 
Kelley tried to stop it, the driver turned onto Grant Street, circled the 
neighborhood and drove onto state Highway 17. 

Santa Cruz police drove after the car for about 13 miles, when the 
suspected driver crashed through cones set up at a road construction site 
north of Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley, damaging the front end of the 
car. 

In view of the extreme reckless driving and high rate of speed by 
the driver in the unoccupied construction site, police decided to end the 
pursuit and the suspect car left the area. 

Later, police responded to a front yard in the 400 block of Grant 
Drive where officers recovered a 9mm handgun, with the serial number partly 
removed, and a partially-loaded magazine that police believe the suspected 
shooter left behind.

Police also collected evidence at the crash scene in Scotts Valley 
that could help identify the suspect car. 
Investigators are looking into the possibility the shooting was 
related to gang activity, Clark said. 

--Bay City News 
Pat Kittle May 03, 2014 at 03:17 PM
OK, all you closet racists out there -- we know what you're thinking: "Those multiplying white gangs are shooting up our town again."

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