120717 Newlove Shooting

The Santa Maria Police Department is continuing its investigation into a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday night in the 300 block of West Newlove Drive. 

Santa Maria Police have released the identity of the teenage victim in a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday night in Santa Maria just south of West Battles Road. 

At 8:13 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 300 block of West Newlove Drive, where they found Adrian Velazquez, 17, of Santa Maria suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Velazquez was transferred to Marian Regional Medical Center and later died as a result of injuries he sustained. 

"The motive for the shooting is unclear and the investigation is ongoing," Sgt. Paul Flores said Friday. 

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Maria Police Department at 928-3781. Witnesses may also leave an anonymous tip on the police website. 

Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga

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