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Motel 6 in Goleta Evacuated After Reports of Gunfire

Police officials find no evidence of a shooting, but two people are detained on unrelated drug charges.

Law enforcement officials responded Tuesday morning to reports of several gunshots from a Goleta motel.

The sheriff’s department, Goleta police and UCPD arrived about 4:30 a.m. at the Motel 6 on the 5800 block of Calle Real in Goleta. They evacuated 20 occupied rooms.

A sheriff’s SWAT team searched and cleared the room where it believed the gunfire came from, but found no evidence of a shooting.

Officials found drug paraphernalia, though, and a male and female occupant were detained on drug-related charges. The pair are not linked to the shooting at this time.

Traffic on Calle Real from the Calle Real Center to Fairview Avenue was blocked until 7:30 a.m. The scene was cleared by 8 a.m.

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