Teen killed in apparent gang-related shooting

By Bay City News Service

A young man was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting that occurred south of Watsonville on Sunday evening, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting was reported at 6:38 p.m. in the 100 block of Las Lomas Drive, in the unincorporated community of Las Lomas.

Deputies responded and found 19-year-old Martin Martinez Vasquez lying on the shoulder of the roadway, surrounded by friends and family, with a serious gunshot wound, sheriff’s officials said.

Emergency responders tried to revive him but were unsuccessful, and Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the shooting was gang-related and are asking anyone with information on the case to call sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Kaiser or Investigator Brett Speirs at (831) 755-3772. Callers can also use the tip line at (888) 833-4847.

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