.Two Dead, Multiple Injured In Pajaro Shooting

Two people died in Pajaro early Tuesday morning

Two people were killed and two were injured in a shooting at a Pajaro bar early Tuesday morning.

According to Monterey County Undersheriff Keith Boyd, deputies responded to El Torero Bar at 540 Salinas Road just after 1am for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Three female victims were also found at the scene who had suffered gunshot wounds. They were taken to Natividad Medical Center, where one of them later died.

The historic building, with a string of apartments across the second floor, was surrounded by strands of yellow crime scene tape and a Sheriff’s deputy was parked outside the building to help secure the crime scene.

Sister Rosa Delores, director of nearby Casa de la Cultura stopped by to talk to the owners of the building.

“We’ve been here for the past 30 years and , and I know the community well and I know the owners,” she said. “This is very sad. I’ve gotten some calls from the relatives. Our community has suffered quite a bit, the flood, the damages; this area right here was flooded. This is a real sadness and it’s been a struggle for the owners of this business. You don’t expect this kind of thing to happen right here in your community. But this community knows how to come together to make a difference. They need to know that we are behind them.”

No further information was released about the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Investigations Division at 755.3700.


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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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