SEACLIFF — A man who allegedly tried to break into a Seacliff home early Thursday morning was shot several times by the resident, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dee Baldwin said.
The suspect has not yet been named. He was taken to a trauma center and is expected to survive.
Baldwin said that there was no prior relationship between the resident and the suspect.
Neighbor Janice Diciuccio, whose window faces the residence, said that she heard a woman shouting “no” and “get out” at about 3 a.m., followed by several popping sounds.
Diciuccio called 911, and then stayed inside.
“I locked myself in my bedroom,” she said.
Diciuccio said that two sisters live in the residence, but that only one of them was at home during the incident.
Neighbor Tibor Schoenfeld said he was surprised to hear about the shooting in the neighborhood, which he described as normally peaceful.
“It’s a really quiet neighborhood, lots of kids running around and biking,” he said. “Not a lot going on.”
The Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the shooting and is looking for witnesses. Anyone with information can call Detective Sgt. Jacob Ainsworth at 454-7635.