A 40-year-old Santa Maria man was the person killed in the city’s first homicide of 2023, Santa Maria Police Sgt. Daniel Rios said Thursday.
Robert Valencia was fatally wounded in the Feb. 4 shooting in northwest Santa Maria.
Just before midnight, police dispatchers received multiple calls of shots fired on the 400 block of North Railroad Avenue.
Officers confirmed a shooting had occurred and found two adult male victims with injuries.
Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Valencia died to his injuries, while the other man was listed in stable condition the day after the shooting.
The second man, whose name was not released, is recovering from his injuries, Rios added.
No arrests had been made in the shooting as of Thursday afternoon.
This investigation is active and ongoing, Rios said, adding that detectives have not determined whether the shooting was related to gang activity
Anyone with information related to this investigation can contact Detective Brian Santiago, at 805.928.3781, ext. 1362, or the SMPD Communications Center at 805.928.3781, ext. 2277.