Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023

Santa Ana Gang Shooting

Police say a 15-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot in an alleyway Friday night at about 6:40 p.m. in the 400 block of North Laurel Street, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department, according to the OC Register.

The boy was shot in City Councilman Roman Reyna’s Ward 5.  Reyna lost badly in this year’s Santa Ana Mayoral election after a picture of him with two hard core gang bangers emerged on Facebook.  The picture cost Reyna every single law enforcement endorsement and he was hammered with campaign mailers that touted his alleged gang connections.

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We don’t know yet why the 15-year-old was shot.  Perhaps he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  But the police believe that this latest shooting is thought to be gang-related.

I have several friends in this city who are public school teachers.  They tell me that the gangs use teens and pre-teens to sell drugs as the kids can’t go to jail.  If caught they go to Juvenile Hall.  They often come from broken homes led by single mothers.  The money these kids earn selling drugs is hard for these families to turn down.

Gangs continue to be a vast problem in Santa Ana.  That they have may have several allies on the City Council is beyond disturbing.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

7 thoughts on “15-year-old boy shot in Roman Reyna’s Ward 5”
    1. Your grammar is atrocious – a surprise given that you are an educator at the SAUSD. That might explain why our school district is such a disaster.

      But yes Pulido did win and he will be our Mayor for the next two years. Let’s hope Reyna either gets recalled or loses in 2016 when he comes up for reelection.

      1. Lololol… I will give you that, Pulido is our mayor now. We will see when he gets indicted.

        As to the grammatical errors in my previous post, all I can say is auto correct is the worse idea ever.

        Yes I work for SAUSD and proudly! The schools, staff, parents, and STUDENTS are amazing. To bad you need to be mean and petty. I will pray for you, that God softens your heart. Take care and God Bless!

        1. The SAUSD is a train wreck with the lowest graduation rates in Orange County and the highest dropout rates. I am fortunate that my kids were in the fundamental schools during their time in this district. My oldest son has a year to go at UCLA and my daughter is now a successful fashion designer. My 18 year old survived special education and is now in college as well. Fortunately my 11 year old son was accepted into a GATE STEM magnet school in Tustin. We are done with the SAUSD.

          You can call me mean and petty all you want but I know that I played a role in stopping Reyna and I am grateful I had the opportunity to do so.

        2. Janet, I wonder what you think of your Colleague Emily Hall Benavides using her teaching position to get a low interest loan for a house she doesn’t even live in. One her EX-HUSBAND uses to seduce young women?

          If your Bible thumping could help kids learn to read I might not laugh at you. Maybe your God could help the neighborhood children from being killed?

          1. Dear Carpetbagger,
            Whatever Mr. or Mrs. Benavides do is not important to me because those decisions do not affect the city.

            You can laugh all you want those are my beliefs. I did not push them upon you.

            Take care,

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