A 22-year-old Santa Rosa man was shot in the face late Thursday night on Moorland Avenue in what sheriff’s officials described as a gang-related incident. It marked the second reported shooting in a span of three days in the troubled neighborhood on the southwestern outskirts of Santa Rosa.
The victim, who was not identified, was struck once in the face, said Sonoma County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Shannon McAlvain, who heads the sheriff’s Violent Crimes Investigation Unit. He was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition, McAlvain said.
Authorities had not identified any suspects by Friday evening.
“We only have the one side of the incident. We only have the victim,” McAlvain said. “But we are investigating this as a gang-related incident.”
Residents reported hearing gunfire on the 3200 block of Moorland Avenue, near Eddy Drive, just before 11 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office. When they arrived at the scene, deputies said they found a man who had been shot and injured in the face.
Resident Juan Jimenez said he was lying in bed with his wife, watching TV, when he heard blasts coming from across the street.
“I heard three shots,” Jimenez said.
It was the second shooting in three days on the same street, and McAlvain said detectives were investigating whether the two shootings were related.
“We are looking into that to see if there is any connection,” he said, adding that the Sheriff’s Office is seeking witnesses in both shootings. “We are asking anyone who might have seen anything to contact us. We think there was one shooter but that hasn’t yet been determined.”
McAlvain said there were witnesses to Thursday’s shooting, but they weren’t able to provide much information.