7 arrested for the fatal shooting of 15-year-olds in Santa Rosa

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Seven people have been linked and arrested for the shooting deaths of two 15-year-olds in Santa Rosa. 

According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, both homicide cases happened in June and are believed to be gang-related. 

One of the suspected shooters is a 14-year-old boy. 

Corby Avenue homicide

On June 16, a 15-year-old boy was found in the parking lot at the 2300 block of Corby Ave. 

He later died at a hospital. 

According to the police investigation, a group of young males was standing in the parking lot when someone fired at them. The suspect fled the scene in an SUV. 

On June 22, police announced they’ve arrested three suspects in the case. A 14-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy, and 23-year-old Anthony Vega-Rodriguez of Santa Rosa. 

None are believed to be the shooter. 

On Monday night, police arrested Kobi Benjamin, 21, who they suspect to be the shooter of the case. 

Benjamin will be extradited to Sonoma County. 

There are no other suspects. 

Blacksmiths Way homicide

On Saturday, another 15-year-old boy was shot and killed on the 2000 block of Blacksmith Way. 

Police found the victim on the roadway and he later died at the hospital. 

According to police, two “small groups of males” got into an argument, and at least one person from each group started shooting. 

On Monday, at about 5 p.m., SRPD executed a search warrant on the 500 block of Southwood Drive. They arrested three juvenile suspects under homicide charges. 

The suspected shooter is a 14-year-old boy. The other suspects are a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.