A second person has been arrested in connection with a Oct. 9 shooting in Santa Maria that left two young women with serious injuries.
At approximately 6:25 p.m. Oct. 9, officers from the Santa Maria Police Department responded to the area of Vine and East Jewel streets regarding reports of a shooting, according to Sgt. Todd Logan.
They located a vehicle with two females who had been struck by bullets fired by two male assailants.
The victims, ages 17 and 18, suffered serious injuries, and had to be taken to the hospital for medical treatment for their wounds, Logan said.
Meanwhile, the suspects fled the area on foot.
Last week, police located a 15-year-old boy identified as a suspect, and took him into custody without incident, Logan said.
The boy was admitted into the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall on charges of attempted murder.
Detectives continued to work the case and identified the second suspect as Dominic Joseph Leal, 18, of Santa Maria.
On Monday, patrol officers located Leal at his residence, and he was arrested without incident.
A search warrant was served at his residence, where multiple firearms were located and confiscated. Logan said.
Leal was booked into the Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria on suspicion of attempted murder, with bail set at $1 million. He remained in custody Tuesday night.
Detectives say the two suspects have ties to a criminal street gang.
This investigation is ongoing, and the public can contact the Detective Bureau at 805.928.3781, ext. 1362, with any information regarding this case.