UC Santa Cruz Student Shot While Waiting at Bus Stop Expected to Recover | News
SANTA CRUZ, Calif- A student waiting at a bus stop on Natural Bridges Drive was shot in the head during a robbery Monday night, said police.
It happened at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The 21-year-old student was approached by a person holding a gun. According to police, the suspect came from the wooded area behind the bus stop.
The suspect pointed a riffle at the victim and demanded that she empty her pockets and hand him all of her stuff, said police. According to the victim, she was hit in the back of the head with the riffle but was able to run away and flag down a passing motorist.
The victim was taken to the hospital, and doctors discovered that she had actually been shot in the head. The bullet was successfully removed by neurosurgeons. Police said that the victim is expected to make a full recovery.
Detectives searched the area with metal detectors and a K-9 unit, but were unable to find the suspect.
The Santa Cruz Police Department is actively working with officials at UCSC in the course of this investigation to notify students of safety precautions and seek information.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call 9-1-1 or contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820. Anonymous tips can be left on the tip line or via the mobile iPhone and Droid app.
The suspect is described as:
White or light skinned male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches with a medium build.
Wearing jeans, grey hoodie
Red bandana in a triangle covering the suspect's face.
The suspect was further described as having a gruff voice and several days beard growth