Friday was another bloody day in Santa Ana as yet another shooting took place. This time a man in his 20’s was shot in the face, at the 3300 block of South Bristol St., according to the O.C. Register.
The victim was found at South Bristol St. and and West MacArthur Blvd. He ended up at a local hospital, in serious condition.
The police were not able to find any witnesses to the shooting but several people heard a gunshot and three males were seen running into a light-colored truck and speeding away going north on Bristol.
One of our readers also reported that there was another shooting near Harbor and First, just north of Santa Anita Park, at around 11:45 p.m. and the shooter apparently unloaded a clip. There was a police helicopter on the scene afterwards but there were no other media reports about the incident.
Another of our readers reported that he heard a single gun shot at about 3 a.m. this morning, and an ambulance and crime scene investigators’ van showed up, at Chestnut just East from Birch, near Santa Ana High School.
There have been about 24 reports of assaults with weapons and shootings at dwellings in Santa Ana since New Year’s Day, according to CrimeMapping and most of them have been gang related. Incredibly there has been only one fatality.
The shooting on South Bristol St. took place in Santa Ana’s Ward 4, which is represented by Councilman David Benavides. The shooting near Harbor and First took place in Santa Ana’s Ward 5, which is represented by Councilman Roman Reyna, who is up for reelection this November. The shooting at Chestnut and Birch took place in Santa Ana’s Ward 2, which is represented by Councilwoman Michele Martinez.
It is worth pointing out that the violence in Santa Ana has greatly escalated since the City Council forced former Police Chief Paul Walters out (he is now Chief of Staff to Supervisor Lisa Bartlett). The City Council has not acknowledged the ongoing gang war and the police have been working overtime just reacting to the crime wave.
At some point we are going to need a curfew in this city.