One teen treated for gunshot wounds and released from hospital following the incident
ATASCADERO — On Sunday, Jan. 1, at approximately 3:28 a.m. Atascadero Police officers responded to the 9100 block of Las Lomas Avenue regarding a female teen reporting her ex-boyfriend was sending her threatening messages.
According to APD, officers checked the area and were unable to locate the teen suspect. While continuing their search, officers heard a number of shots being fired in the area of the juvenile victim’s residence.
Officers could not determine if a shooting had actually occurred but obtained descriptions of two male teens seen running from the area. A short time later an officer observed two male teens in the 9100 block of El Camino Real, matching the description of the two seen running from the area of the original shots fired location. The two teens fled on foot from the officer. After officers pursued the teens, one of the teens surrendered and officers confirmed he was the suspect sending the threatening messages earlier that evening.
During the pursuit of the teens, APD was notified of the SLO County Sheriff’s Office enroute to Twin Cities Hospital regarding a gunshot wound victim. An Atascadero officer responded and contacted the teen victim, who stated he had been shot while sitting in a vehicle near the address on Las Lomas Avenue after visiting the above-mentioned residence. The victim was treated for several gunshot wounds and was ultimately released from the hospital.
Atascadero Police detectives and crime scene unit were called in to conduct the investigation. A K9 from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, trained in the detection of firearms, was requested to assist with the search of the area the teen suspect was apprehended. A firearm was recovered.
Authorities reported the suspect was transported and booked at San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Services for attempted homicide.
Atascadero Police Investigations Unit stated they will conduct a follow up investigation on the incident.