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Santa Maria Police investigating second homicide in two days

Santa Maria Police investigating second homicide in two days

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Police are investigating a second fatal shooting that occurred in two days in Santa Maria. Saturday morning, 18-year-old Adrian Alvarez was found at the 300 block of West Enos. Life-saving measures were attempted but were not successful. Alvarez died at the scene. 

A second shooting in two days left another man dead in Santa Maria, and police are asking anyone with information to come forward to help their investigation.

At about 1:22 a.m. Saturday, Santa Maria Police were dispatched to the area of Thornburg Street and Enos Drive to reports of gunshots heard in the area. 

Officers arrived at the 300 block of West Enos Drive and found 18-year-old Adrian Alvarez, of Santa Maria, just off the roadway. Santa Maria Fire and AMR ambulance provided aid, but Alvarez died at the scene, according to police. 

Detectives from the Santa Maria Police Department have begun an investigation. Search warrants have been served at a number of locations around the city, according to police.

No arrests have been made, and police said they are not releasing any suspect information at this time. 

Alvarez' family has been notified of his death. 

Anyone with information about the individuals involved in the homicide are encouraged to contact the police tip line at 805-928-3781, ext. 2677. The homicide is the seventh to occur in Santa Maria this year. 

Santa Maria Police are also in the middle of investigating a fatal shooting that occurred late Thursday night at Blosser Road and West Bunny Avenue that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Bakersfield man, Vicente Medina Guerrero.

Police have not confirmed whether the shootings are gang-related but have not ruled out that possibility. No arrests have been made in connection with Guerrero's homicide.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210


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