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Law enforcement investigating deadly shooting in Goleta

Fatal shooting on Turnpike
Scott Sheahen / KEYT

GOLETA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that took place in the unincorporated area of Goleta Thursday afternoon.

The suspect is still outstanding and described as being a man in his 20s. He was last seen wearing white, baggy blue jeans and a gray shirt. The Sheriff's Office said he is considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting was reported Thursday afternoon around 1 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the scene on the 600 block of Burtis Street.

One person was found dead in a car and another was taken to the hospital.

A shelter in place was ordered for the area between Hollister and the bike path between Turnpike and Patterson. Helicopters were flying in the area to notify residents.

A section of Burtis was closed for the investigation.

Law enforcement officers along with police dogs were on scene at Anita Lane and Burtis Street.

There were some students on campus at Hollister Elementary School. There were fewer students than normal because of COVID-19 pandemic.

The principal of the school says all the students were safe.

The shelter in place order was lifted around 3:15 p.m.

Officials say the suspect is still outstanding but is believed to have fled prior to the arrival of law enforcement.  

The investigation is ongoing.

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