A man who suffered multiple gunshot wounds was airlifted from Guadalupe to a Santa Barbara hospital late Tuesday night, and the victim’s father apparently fatally wounded one of the assailants. 

At 10:30 p.m., Guadalupe police officers were dispatched to a report of shots filed on the 1000 block of Escalante Street in the city, Guadalupe Police Chief Michael Cash said. 

A 23-year-old man had been shot three times, suffering non-life-threatening injuries in the chest and arm, Cash said. 

A Calstar medical helicopter landed at Mary Buren School in Guadalupe to pick up the wounded man, and flew him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, according to the FlightRadar24 website.

His name and details on his condition were not available.

The victim’s father, whose name was not released, told police that two men arrived at the home and were having a conversation with his son outside. 

A fight ensured, and one of the suspects displayed a handgun, pointing it at the victim.

The father pulled his son inside the home and closed the front door. 

“The suspects forced entry into the home and shot the son, who sitting on the living room couch, twice in the chest and once in the arm,” Cash said.

“The father retrieved his gun he had in the home and fired several shots at the suspects,” Cash said, adding that the father told police he may have hit them.

The two suspects fled from the area in a 2003 silver Chevy truck, according to the father, and dispatchers alerted police to look for the vehicle. 

Santa Maria police spotted the truck at the western edge of the city, with one man inside suffering from gunshot wounds, Cash said.

That man was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.  

Release of his name was pending notification of family members.

The vehicle’s second occupant, whose name was not released, was taken into custody, Cash said.

Personnel from the Guadalupe Police Department, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Maria Police Department reportedly were investigating the shootings.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can call the Guadalupe Police Department at 805.343.2112.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com.