A shooting Sunday evening in Santa Barbara’s lower east side has been ruled a double homicide by the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Two victims are deceased while an additional two victims are receiving medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, spokesman Anthony Wagner told the News-Press.
Police identified 18-year-old Omar Montiel-Hernandez as one of the deceased. The name of the other, a minor, could not be publicly released by the police department.
A fundraiser on crowdfunding site “GoFundMe” seeks assistance for the funeral expenses of 17-year-old Angel Castillo, whom the organizer identifies as the second deceased victim. The fundraiser can be accessed at gofund.me/794715eb.
Amy “Drea” Martinez, a Goleta resident and community organizer, created the fundraiser to assist Angel’s family. Just five hours after starting the page, $2,254 had been raised from 32 donors.
The investigation into Sunday’s shooting is ongoing. It took place at approximately 5:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Liberty Street.
Anyone with information is urged to call the SBPD detective division at 805-897-2335 or the anonymous tip line at 805-569-2677.email: firstname.lastname@example.org