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Coroner IDs Boy Shot To Death In Santa Cruz Apartment

A 15-year-old Watsonville boy shot and killed Monday while visiting an apartment in Santa Cruz has been identified as Hugo Rodas-Escobar, the Santa Cruz County coroner's office reported today.

Hugo died after suffering wounds to his arm and neck from a single gunshot, according to the coroner's office.

Santa Cruz police have arrested a 16-year-old boy for the shooting and booked him into the county's Juvenile Hall on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.

The 15-year-old boy was fatally wounded inside the bedroom of an apartment at 238 Center St., where he was visiting, Clark said.

[Previous: Boy, 16, Arrested in Monday's Shooting Death of 15-Year-Old in Santa Cruz Apartment.]

At around 6:45 p.m., police responded to reports of a victim suffering from a gunshot wound at the address.

Officers immediately administered emergency medical aid but were unable to save the boy, Clark said.

[Previous: Boy, 15, Visiting Center Street Apartment Killed in Monday Night Shooting in Santa Cruz.]

Police found a handgun believed used in the shooting outside the home. The gun had been reported stolen last month from a parked car, Clark said.

The suspect is a known member of the Norteno criminal street gang, but police do not believe his gang affiliation was a motive in the shooting, Clark said.

Detectives questioned several people who were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, according to police.

--Bay City News

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