Watsonville, California

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel of April 25, 2007
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Man shot in fight with housemate

One man was shot and another suffered injuries to his upper torso after one roommate shot another in an apparent act of self-defense Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies said.

About 7:20 p.m. deputies responded to a shooting in the 1000 block of Trabing Road just outside Watsonville along Highway 1 at a house occupied by nine men in their 50s, according to Sgt. Bob MacAulay.

When they arrived, they learned that one man had become enraged and for unknown reasons started pounding on the door of a fellow roommate. When he couldn’t gain entry, he went to another door and once inside attacked the man with a club.

The victim, whose right hand was already in a brace, grabbed a pistol and shot the attacker, hitting him in the neck, MacAulay said.

He was transported by helicopter to a San Jose trauma center. It wasn’t known if his injuries are life-threatening. The man who was clubbed was taken by deputies to Watsonville Community Hospital for treatment.

MacAulay said it appears the shot was fired in self-defense. He didn’t know if drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident. The incident remains under investigation, MacAulay said.

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