The Santa Maria Police Department is investigating a shooting Friday near Santa Maria High School that resulted in a teenager with a gunshot wound to his foot.

Shortly after 5 p.m., police received multiple calls reporting that gunshots had been fired near the 800 block of South Pine Street.

“When officers arrived in the area, they found a 19-year-old male suffering from a single gunshot wound to his foot,” Santa Maria Police Lt. Russ Mengel said.

The unidentified victim was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police officials said they cannot rule out gang activity in Friday's shooting. 

Though the investigation is in its early stages, police believe the victim was riding his bicycle along the sidewalk when the occupants of a gray or light-colored sedan saw the man, and stopped the vehicle.

“The car passed and saw him. People, or a person, jumps out, shoots at him, then that car takes off,” Mengel said.

The vehicle fled the area north on South Pine Street, Mengel added.

The shooter or shooters are still at large. Police do not know how many people were in the vehicle and are seeking information about the shooting.

Police closed portions of Morrison Avenue and South Pine Street on Friday to search the area for evidence. 

“Hopefully, this is something we can resolve quickly," Mengel said, adding officials are conducting interviews and comparing notes. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Santa Maria Police Department at 928-3481.

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

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