Santa Rosa drive-by shooting injures teenager; $2,500 reward up in case

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Suspects behind the drive-by shooting in Santa Rosa on Thursday, which left a 17-year-old boy, remain at large.

A reward was up in connection to the case, according to the police.

The shooting happened early morning, at about 12:45 in the morning, on the 1000 block of Dutton Avenue, police said. They received the report from the victim himself who said he was shot while he was parking his vehicle.

The police said that the teenager, still unidentified, suffered from over one gunshot. The Santa Rosa boy was rushed to the hospital in critical conditions but the wounds are not considered life-threatening, authorities added.

Citing gathered evidence, investigators on the case described the suspect’s vehicle as an older, dark-colored sedan. Police said it stopped next to the teenager’s car and an armed man popped from its front passenger seat. The suspect then opened the door and headed to shoot the victim multiple times.

After the shooting, the suspects escaped taking the northbound on Dutton Avenue path heading toward Sebastopol Rd.

The motive behind the incident is still under investigation. Detectives do not look at the possibility that the teenager and the suspects knew each other.

According to the police, no description of the suspects is available yet except that they are two or three males, KPIX5 reported.

Anyone who can give information in connection to the case is welcome to report to detectives. The Sonoma County Alliance Community Engagement and Safety Rewards Fund has already offered a $2,500 reward for the case.