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September 25, 2023

Man killed in shooting

WATSONVILLE—A Watsonville man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in downtown Watsonville.

Watsonville Police Sgt. Jarrod Pisturino  said the shooting took place around 11:16am between the 100 block of Brennan Street and the 100 block of Sudden Street in a large parking lot shared by the YMCA, Harrision’s Color Corner and Santa Fe Market. Police cordoned off a huge slice of downtown from foot or motor traffic between East Lake Avenue, East Fifth Street and in front of numerous Brennan Street businesses.

When police arrived on the scene they found a 19-year-old victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a WPD Facebook post. No other injuries were reported.

As of 4pm police were still combing the parking lot.

Among the flurry of gunshots, four bullets traveled through the front wall of Salon Hair We Are at 21 Brennan St., which also houses The Pajaronian.

Little information was available at the scene. Police combed the parking lot of the Watsonville Woman’s Club, and an adjoining medical center where the victim was found.

A large crowd of people gathered, some sobbing and embracing one another outside the crime scene that was hemmed in with yellow crime tape. One woman cried out loud, “My baby, my baby!” A man watching the drama unfold, said, “Someone shot and killed my family member.”

A crime scene investigations van, the Sheriff’s Coroner van, scores of patrol cars and around a dozen law officials filled a broad staging area in the center of Brennan Street where families came and went with their laundry at the nearby Laundry Day business.

Pisturino would not comment if evidence, like a gun, was found at the scene or if there were any suspects.

This story will be updated.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the shooting took place in the YWCA parking lot.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


    • what nonsense. i have NO background in law enforcement, except in my classroom. and that was years ago. thanks anyway.
      by the way, Mayor Parker or ANY mayor are not given police powers. why? they are not qualified to do so.
      and unlike the Dukes of Hazzard TV show decades ago, Mayor Parker is NOT Boss Hogg, nor is Police Chief Zamora anything like Hazzard county Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. THANK GOD. our city has standards of behavior for both the mayor and law enforcement. we are not some backwoods state run by good ol’ boys who have more tobacco and coal than common sense.

  1. I am asking anyone who lives on Sudden street to tell police if they saw or heard anything the day of the murder. SNITCH! this is a tragedy and was completely preventable. a young man of 19 had his life taken. the culprit needs to be caught, put on trial with a jury of his peers and then face the consequences.
    my condolences to the family of the deceased. it should be noted it was the second murder in Watsonville this year. that is 2 too many, but Dallas, by comparison has had more than 400 murders this year. I am glad I live in Watsonville. I know WPD is searching for the killer. I doubt this was a random killing. So, Sudden street neighbors, please help WPD find the person who did this.
    thanks to WPD for your efforts to find the culprit.

    • Funny how you chose a Democratic city to compare with. I’m sure Chicago and Memphis are worse and both with democrat mayors too. Makes people think why well I guess not people like you.

      • it is not funny. many medium and large size cities have huge problems with too many guns on the street. there is nothing funny about the NRA running our national weapons policy. we need to renew an assault weapons ban as we had from 1994 to 2004. we have eight times as many gun deaths as Canada, 50 times as many gun deaths as Germany, and 100 times as many gun deaths as England. this is national problem. it took years to get to this place; it will take years to get out. Now that the NRA has been thoroughly discredited , we are able to make the case for even more gun safety legislation than the one that Biden signed into law last month , with all 50 Democratic senators and just 10 Rethuglican senators voting yes. The majority of people want an assault weapons ban. it is working as a great issue for Dems in the November election.
        if you are “seeking truth”, you will not get it from the NRA or the GOP.

        • Not everyone who owns firearms supports the nra or gop. Do you have links for those claims or you just going to spew out cnn talking points?

  2. Steve-O writes: stevetrujillo Watsonville Truth • 7 hours ago

    “what nonsense. i have NO background in law enforcement, except in my classroom. and that was years ago. thanks anyway.” ***********

    Hilarious. Trujillo is so clueless he cannot even recognize sarcasm from Mr. WT.

    In the classroom? How is it that he spent time in a classroom, but still cannot write a proper sentence?. I feel sorry for any students in his classroom with him as he sets such a poor example each time he writes a sentence or opens his mouth.

    Spending time in Steve’s classroom is and was a complete waste of time. No wonder Alisal High school got rid of him.


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