Authorities investigating shooting in Orcutt

Victim airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Authorities investigating shooting in Orcutt

ORCUTT, Calif. - [Update 7:30 p.m.] - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Public Information officer Kelly Hoover said the victim in Friday's shooting in Orcutt is expected to survive.

The 35-year-old woman has yet to be identified.


[Update 4:45 p.m.] - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said the woman involved in Friday's Orcutt shooting is 35 years old but declined to identify her or the person detained in connection with the shooting.

The person of interest was found inside the home where the shooting occurred. The Sheriff's Office said the woman lived at that home.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. KCOY 12 Reporter Sean Larsen spoke with a neighbor who shares a wall with the home where the incident occurred. 

"I heard some noise in the back but I didn't pay much attention to it because I hear it all the time," said Harold Barr. "Then I heard a male's voice yelling at somebody to get out--that they didn't want them there. And it just kept going on and on."

Barr said he tried to mind his own business until he heard more commotion.

"And then all of a sudden, I heard him in the backyard yelling '911! 911!, I need a paramedic, this is not a joke. My wife has been shot'," recounts Barr. "You know, I thought he'd be more shook up than what he was but he was pretty calm about it when he called."

Barr added that he did not hear a gunshot during the commotion next door.

Authorities do not believe the community is in any danger related to this incident. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150 to leave an anonymous tip at 805-681-4171.


[Update 2:50 p.m.] - Authorities have detained a person of interest in the Orcutt shooting investigation.

The person of interest is being interviewed by authorities but an arrest has not yet been made. 

We will continue to update this story as more information is released.


[Original Story]

Law enforcement personnel responded to a reported shooting on the 200 block of Mountain View Drive in Orcutt that occurred early Friday afternoon.

The shooting was reported at 12:05 p.m. with paramedics rushing to the scene.

The female victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, according to emergency traffic radio. However, investigators on scene would not confirm nor deny that report. The victim's condition is unknown at this time, and it's unknown if her injuries are life-threatening.

The victim was described by authorities as an adult woman but would not elaborate further. She was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after being taken to a pick-up location by ambulance.

Authorities are initially calling this a crime scene with a gun located inside the Orcutt home. A suspect was detained according to emergency traffic radio, but law enforcement personnel on scene are not confirming that report to the press.

Investigators are in the process of interviewing all possible witnesses in the area.

It's unclear if the woman lived at the home. The motive for the shooting is under investigation.

No further details were immediately known. Check back for continued updates on this developing story.

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