80-year-old shooting victim dies; separately, Oxnard woman ID'd as Montecito murder victim




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  • 2022-10-05 01:41:20Z
  • By VC Star | Ventura County Star
The 700 block of Cooper Road in Oxnard on Tuesday evening.
The 700 block of Cooper Road in Oxnard on Tuesday evening.  

A shooting in Oxnard early Monday involving an 80-year-old man has turned into the city's sixth criminal homicide this year after the victim died, authorities said late Tuesday afternoon.

Separately, an Oxnard woman was identified Tuesday as the victim of a homicide in Montecito last week, officials in Santa Barbara County reported.

The Oxnard shooting was reported around 4:40 a.m. Monday.

The initial call to 911 described a possible fall victim in the backyard of a residence in the 700 block of Cooper Road in the city's La Colonia neighborhood, according to the Oxnard Police Department.

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The victim, identified by police Tuesday as Salvador Mejia Chavez, 80, was taken to a local hospital. There, medical staff noticed a gunshot wound and called police. Detectives later found a crime scene at the Cooper Road site.

Chavez died around 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ventura County Medical Center, police officials said late Tuesday afternoon. He had been shot in the head.

The motive for the homicide remained unclear, authorities said, and the investigation was ongoing.

A sidewalk in the 700 block of Cooper Road in Oxnard Tuesday evening.
A sidewalk in the 700 block of Cooper Road in Oxnard Tuesday evening.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Buttell at 805-385-8291.

Oxnard's last homicide was on Sept. 12, when 14-year-old Leonardo Gonzalez Jimenez was shot as he stood by a bus stop on South C Street. A 15-year-old male suspect has been charged in the case.

Separately, in Santa Barbara County, authorities identified an Oxnard resident as a recent homicide victim.

Blanca Aguilera, also known by the last name Espinoza, was 32, the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Bureau said Tuesday.

The fatality took place on Sept. 29 in Montecito. At around 5:35 a.m. that day, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 800 block of East Mountain Drive for a report of a woman heard screaming.

Deputies found a seriously injured woman who had been hit by a vehicle lying in the road. The vehicle fled before deputies arrived.

Aguilera was taken to a hospital, where she died that night, authorities said.

Detectives believe she had been intentionally hit by the driver and are investigating the case as a homicide.

The suspect and victim knew each other, sheriff's officials said, noting that it "was not a random attack."

As of Tuesday, the suspect remained outstanding and the investigation was ongoing, Santa Barbara County authorities said.

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Oxnard shooting victim dies; Oxnard woman ID'd as Montecito victim

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