A Santa Ana woman was killed when she was accidentally shot in the chest with a BB rifle by her boyfriend Thursday morning. Authorities have not decided what charges to file against the boyfriend. Her family might want to file a wrongful death suit.
At around 11 a.m. at the 1000 block of S. Austin Street authorities responded to reports of a shooting.
Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department told reporters that when authorities arrived they discovered an unconscious woman with a small puncture wound in her upper chest.
Martha Socorro Marin, a 32-year-old, was rushed to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where she was pronounced dead. It is unclear if the woman died at the hospital or at the scene.
Per reports the unidentified 34-year-old man, her live-in boyfriend, alleged to authorities that whatever the circumstances were he did not mean to shoot her.
Despite the boyfriend’s allegations, authorities are still investigating the accident.
“At this point, we can’t think of any time where we’ve had a victim die of a BB gun. So was this done at close range? Was it accidental? Was it on purpose?” he told reporters.
Later, authorities told reporters that in the past, they’ve been called to the victim’s house but did not delve deeper into the subject for unknown reasons.
Huey Lai confirmed to reporters that in the past the couple has hit rough spots for all people in the neighborhood to see. He’s seen them take their argument from their home out to the public.
“It did come out to the street. They were cussing out loud. So loud that everyone heard around this neighborhood,” Lai said.
Reports stated that the couple had two children. Ariel Rosel told reporters he’s friends with the couple’s 12-year-old son.
“I felt kind of depressed after looking at him cry because I’ve never seen him cry,” Rose said.
At this time, the suspect is in custody until the DA’s office decides whether to file charges.
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