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January 31, 2023

Watsonville man shot in attempted homicide

WATSONVILLE—A Watsonville man was shot early Monday morning in front of a home on the 100 block of Paseo Drive in Watsonville.

Watsonville Police Sgt. Brian Fulgoni said police received a call around 2am about some form of disturbance. Around that time police also received a call from Watsonville Community Hospital about a man who had been dropped off at the emergency room with at least one gunshot wound.

Fulgoni said the victim is listed in critical but stable condition.

First arriving Watsonville Police officers were able to stop a suspect vehicle fleeing the crime scene. Fulgoni said police conducted a high-risk car stop on the vehicle and two men were detained at the scene. Their names were not released.

Police secured a crime scene around the home with lengths of yellow tape and began combing the area for evidence. A silver Chevy SUV sat in the driveway of the home in question with all four tires slashed and flattened.

One witness who lives several houses away from the scene said she heard cars driving in the area and spotted a blue car being driven along Paseo Drive at the time of the incident. She added that the area is usually quiet.

The incident is still under investigation.

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.


  1. Let’s see……farmers poisoning our children, drug gangs running Santa Cruz and Monterey, wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. Highest gas prices in the country.
    I am so glad I live here!

    Scuba Steve will protect us so I don’t worry. Steve is our hero I can’t wait until he is governor of California!


  2. i hope for the victim’s full recovery. I hope for the apprehension of the suspect. NO, Watsonville did NOT have its 3rd homicide this year. thank you, Sargent Fulgoni and WPD.


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