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Man Dies After Shooting Himself at UCSB Parking Structure

The victim, a 28-year-old Santa Maria man, was found unresponsive in a vehicle in Lot 22 on western edge of campus

A gunshot victim is taken to a waiting ambulance late Thursday night in a parking structure at UCSB. He later was declared dead at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the victim of a self-inflicted wound. Click to view larger
A gunshot victim is taken to a waiting ambulance late Thursday night in a parking structure at UCSB. He later was declared dead at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the victim of a self-inflicted wound. (Zack Warburg / Noozhawk photo)

A 28-year-old Santa Maria man died Thursday night after shooting himself in a vehicle in a parking structure at UC Santa Barbara.

Emergency dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at about 10:30 p.m. reporting a single gunshot in the Lot 22 structure on the western edge of the campus, adjacent to Isla Vista, according to UCSB Police Chief Dustin Olson.

UCSB police officers and Santa Barbara County firefighters found Oscar Novoa unresponsive inside a white sedan, Olson said.

He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and a handgun was found in the vehicle, Olson said.

Officers administered first-aid until paramedics arrived, Olson said.

Novoa was taken by Fire Department ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Olson said.

The shooting was being investigated by the UC Police Department and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, but no foul play is suspected.

Novoa did not appear to have any affiliation with UCSB, Olson said.

Part of the parking garage was roped off while law enforcement investigated.

The UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services offers support 24 hours a day at 805.893.4411.

Other free, 24-hour Santa Barbara County services are the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1.800.400.1572 and the SAFTY (Safe Alternatives for Treating Youth) Youth Crisis Hotline at 1.888.334.2777.

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UC police officers and sheriff’s deputies investigate after a man was shot Thursday night at UCSB. The shooting was self-inflicted, according to police. Click to view larger
UC police officers and sheriff’s deputies investigate after a man was shot Thursday night at UCSB. The shooting was self-inflicted, according to police. (Zack Warburg / Noozhawk photo)

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