Santa Rosa police are hoping reward money will motivate any possible witnesses to come forward after a gunman, or gunmen, let loose with a barrage of gunfire on a home with several family members inside.
Police say seven members of the same family -- ranging from teenagers to adults -- were inside their duplex on Montecito Blvd. in the Rincon Valley neighborhood of Santa Rosa when the shooting started around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Santa Rosa police Sgt. Sergeant John Cregan says several of the shots fired penetrated the walls of the home and hit objects inside, but none of the rounds hit any of the family members.
Cregan, who works in the department’s gang crimes team unit, said in an email late Friday that family members told police about a prior altercation with gang members, leading investigators to determine the shooting was gang-related.
The number of shots fired or the caliber of the gun, or guns used, is being not being released to “protect the integrity of the investigation, but Cregan says when officers arrived at the home they found bullet holes spread across the front walls of the home and “multiple” shell casings in the road.
Late Friday police had not determined if there was one or more shooters involved.
A reward of $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman, or gunmen. The reward money is funded by the Sonoma County Alliance’s Take Back Our Community Program a coalition of local businesses and individuals.
The shooting up of the home comes the day after Santa Rosa police had announced the arrest of a suspected gang member described as “armed and dangerous” in an unrelated matter.
In that incident, police said 29-year-old Valentino Kumar was arrested last week after investigators received a tip that he was hiding in a home in Boyes Hot Springs, a rural community about 20 miles outside of Santa Rosa.
Kumar -- linked to the notorious Norteno gang -- tried to run when Sonoma County deputies went to the home to arrest him, but was eventually taken into custody.
He was wanted for allegedly violating the terms of his probation.