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Four arrested for Santa Barbara shooting which investigators say left an innocent bystander dead

Tim Hufner

Santa Barbara Police detectives say it was gang related.

New details have been released about a shooting at a Santa Barbara landmark which left an innocent bystander dead.

Santa Barbara Police say they’ve arrested four gang members for the murder. It happened near Stearns Wharf December 9th.

Detectives say Robert Gutierrez of Camarillo was shot. He was taken to Cottage Hospital for treatment, but he died on December 20th. Investigators say they identified four Santa Barbara gang members as suspects. The four men all in their early 20’s were arrested this week.

Information isn’t being released about the exact circumstances of the fatal shooting, but they say it’s clear the victim was an innocent bystander.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.