Update at the end of this post identifies victim Edgar Ortiz and provides details about the shooting and a reward.
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 10:43 A.M.: Only in Santa Ana. (OK, or Anacrime.) Police were responding to a man being stabbed in the 700 block of East Third Street in Santa Ana around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when officers heard gunshots. In the 700 block of East Chestnut Avenue, which is about five blocks away, officers found a man lying in the street. He had been shot to death.
We know more about the stabbing (barely) than we do the shooting. The dead man has not been identified, and the investigation continues into whether the shooting was related to the stabbing cops rolled up on 15 minutes earlier.
In any event, police believe the shooting was gang-related. It happened about four blocks from Orange County's 58th homicide of 2011:
The stabbing is not being investigated as a gang crime. The male victim in that case was stuck in the upper part of his body during a fight that broke out at a party. Also unidentified, he was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
Police are still trying to fill holes in both incidents. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 714.245.8648.
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The stabbing info line is 714.245.8390.
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UPDATE, JULY 19, 11:06 A.M.: Santa Ana Police have identified the man found shot to death on East Chestnut Avenue Tuesday night as Edgar Ortiz, 18, of Santa Ana.
Investigators believe Ortiz was walking or riding a bike when someone inside a black SUV opened fire. He was struck once in the upper torso.
Because Ortiz was a documented gang member, according to police, whoever helps identify his killer(s) could be eligible for up to a $50,000 reward as part of the Gang Homicide and Felony Assault Reward Program. Call SAPD at 714.245.8648 if you have information.
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