2 Century High School baseball players shot in Santa Ana, 1 fatally, prompting search for suspect

ByTommie C. Curtis

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — Two cousins identified as pupil-athletes on Santa Ana’s Century Significant University baseball team were shot Thursday night, just one fatally, prompting a research for the shooter, authorities mentioned.

The two victims had been sitting in a auto shortly just before 7:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Minnie Avenue in Santa Ana when the suspect approached them on foot and opened hearth, in accordance to police.

“Whether or not or not he (suspect) experienced a car or truck nearby, we are even now attempting to figure that out,” mentioned Santa Ana Law enforcement Sgt. Maria Lopez

A third particular person was in the car or truck at the time of the capturing, according to detectives. That man or woman is not associated to the cousins.

Law enforcement say they are investigating what the teenagers were being executing at that spot, an place with a background of gang violence and drug trafficking, soon after a baseball video game.

Officers arrived at the scene in an alley and found a gentleman unresponsive, suffering from numerous gunshot wounds to his higher torso, the Santa Ana Police Department mentioned in a statement. Another guy was identified with an upper-system gunshot wound.

Orange County firefighter-paramedics transported both victims to a medical center. It was not right away identified if the third particular person in the automobile was strike by gunfire.

Roberto Izelo, 18, was pronounced dead at the medical centre, law enforcement mentioned, citing the Orange County coroner’s business office. His 19-12 months-old cousin, whose identify was not produced, was shown in steady ailment.

Authorities originally determined Izelo and his cousin as 19 and 18 decades old, respectively.

“The conditions or motive encompassing the shooting are presently getting investigated,” the Law enforcement Division said, including that detectives were investigating the chance that the capturing was gang-associated.

A comprehensive description of the suspect was not offered, but a short online video clip was launched that investigators reported confirmed the man or woman being sought. The footage confirmed a particular person in dark-colored clothes, such as a hooded sweater or jacket, strolling in a parking large amount.

“The SAUSD group is deeply saddened by the demise of a scholar at Century Superior School,” the Santa Ana Unified Faculty District mentioned in a statement, adding that the deceased college student was a senior.

“We provide our most honest condolences to the student’s spouse and children,” the assertion explained. “Crisis counselors have also been sent to assist any college students and personnel at the school dealing with this decline.

“Our views are with the Century Large School group, and we talk to that you kindly regard the privacy of the spouse and children and college.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support Izelo’s relatives with funeral expenses. If you want to donate, take a look at www.gofundme.com/f/robert-izelos-funeral-expenses.

Any person with details about the circumstance is questioned to contact Santa Ana law enforcement homicide detectives at (714) 245-8390, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) Tip-OCCS. The circumstance is qualified for the Gang Reward Application, police stated.

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