Two UCSB Students Shot In Isla Vista
Two UC Santa Barbara students were shot and injured Monday night in Isla Vista near the university campus. The suspected gunmen have been taken into custody.
The shooting took place after the suspects, 22-year-old James Joshua Taylor and 19-year-old Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez, went to the home of two male UCSB students a little after 7 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department told ABC 7. The home, located on the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde Road, is just a five-minute walk away from the campus. The two students, whose names have not been released, knew Gutierrez. However, Gutierrez and Taylor are not students at UCSB.
A fight ensued between the group, and then the two students were shot. One was hit in the stomach and the other in the chest outside of their apartment.
Witness Collin Mack told ABC 7: "We walked down there and we saw two guys that were just laying on the steps, like walking up to their apartment. They looked like they had been shot. We saw like bloody clothing, but it didn't look super serious because when we saw them get into the ambulance, they looked pretty stable."
The students were rushed to the hospital, and they are expected to survive their injuries.
After the shooting, residents managed to hold Taylor down until authorities arrived. Gutierrez fled the scene in a white four-door sedan, but was later caught Tuesday morning at a hospital when he checked himself in for injuries. He told the medical staff that he had been injured in a car crash at UCSB, but deputies later discovered that Gutierrez was the suspect they were looking for and believe that he got his injuries from the fight in the apartment.
"That was his alibi," Santa Barbara County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover told the L.A. Times.
It's not clear what Gutierrez's injuries are, but both he and Taylor are receiving care in the hospital. Taylor suffers from a head injury.
While authorities are still waiting for Gutierrez and Taylor to be discharged from the hospital, they've booked them in absentia on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury and participation in a street gang.
Detectives are still investigating what prompted the shooting, but are looking into whether drugs were involved.
The UCSB campus was put on lockdown for about two hours after the incident. This shooting comes just two weeks shy of the one-year anniversary of the deadly Elliot Rodger rampage through Isla Vista where he killed six UCSB students and wounded 14 other people before taking his own life.
If anyone has any additional information regarding this incident, you're urged to contact the sheriff's anonymous tip-line at (805) 681-4171.