El Centro Press Release on shooting/stabbing Saturday night at Bucklin Park

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Photo by Francisco Curiel
Bucklin Park in El Centro. Photo by Francisco Curiel

El Centro Press Release on shooting/stabbing Saturday night at Bucklin Park:

On Saturday evening March 19, 2016, at approximately 7:45 PM, officers from the El Centro Police Department were dispatched to the area of the 800 block of Aurora Avenue (Bucklin Park) regarding a shooting/stabbing incident which occurred at the location.

The initial information provided to the El Centro Police Department indicated there was a victim of a stabbing near the playground area of Bucklin Park. Arriving officers located this subject and an additional victim at another location within the park. A third subject self-admitted to El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC), and a fourth was later taken to the hospital by relatives.

A total of four injured subjects were identified as having been involved in the incident which is believed to have been gang related. Each was treated for their injuries and two were flown to Desert Regional Medical Center where they remain in stable condition. All four subjects suffered stab wounds and three of which were also shot with what is believed to have been a shotgun. This information is supported by the injuries the victims received and evidence located at the scene of the incident. One victim is a juvenile, the other three adults, and it appears they will all survive their injuries.

The incident has all indications of being gang related based on information obtained during the preliminary investigations conducted by both the ECPD Patrol Division and Investigators who were called out to assist with the investigation. Initial reports indicate the involvement of ten to fifteen subjects as being involved and dispersed prior to the arrival of law enforcement. The victims in this case all appear to be associated or affiliated with the same local street gang, ‘Mexican Locos Sureños (MLS) / South Side Centro (SSC) gang’.

Officers and Investigators from the El Centro Police Department were assisted by officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), and personnel from the ICSO’s Scientific Investigations unit who assisted in processing the scene for evidence. The location of this incident is not considered to be part of any known gang territory. It is unknown if or why this location was intentionally selected.

Anyone with information about this incident and those involved are encouraged to contact the El Centro Police Department Investigations Division at (760)337-4525. We encourage all witnesses come forward however if they wish to remain anonymous, information can also be submitted to our Facebook page under the ‘Submit a Tip’ tab. Tips submitted through our page are encrypted, entirely confidential, and completely anonymous.

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