Shot Fired, Vehicle Struck in Early Morning Incident

Santa Cruz police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect, an unknown white male, possibly bald, driving a white late 1990s Ford Mustang believed to have front-end damage.

Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning incident involving a fired weapon on Emeline Ave., near Highway 1, according to spokesman Zach Friend in a media release.

At 4:15 a.m., police received a report of a shot fired at a truck near the intersection of the two roadways.

The male victim, described as a 55-year-old Santa Cruz resident, was driving on Emeline after picking up his wife, a 44-year-old city resident, from work.

At the intersection of the ramp for Highway 1 and Emeline, the man stopped in between two cars. He noted the car in front of him appeared to have a female inside who seemed to be yelling something at the vehicle behind the victims.

As the man drove past the limit line of the exit and turned left onto Emeline, the vehicle behind him tried to a make a pass at his passenger side. He heard something hit his truck and thought it was the vehicle behind him. He stopped in the road and the vehicle proceeded to rear-end his truck. 

After being struck from behind, the suspect fired a round at the victim's vehicle. The round entered the cab of the truck through the back window. The victim fled the scene towards Frederick Street and called the SCPD.

He reported seeing the suspect vehicle flee toward Grant Street.

No injuries were reported. It remains unclear why the suspect fired the round or struck the victim's vehicle.

Friend said investigators believe the suspect's car, described as a white late 1990s Ford Mustang, sustained front-end damage during the incident. The suspect is described as a possibly bald, white male. No other descriptors or the suspect's age are known.

If anyone is familiar with this suspect’s vehicle—and notice some front-end damage and/or damage to a front headlight—please call investigations at (831) 420-5820 or leave a tip at www.santacruzpolice.com or via the department's mobile apps.

Patch will update this article if and when information becomes available.


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