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Piru Resident Shoots Two, Holds SWAT Team At Bay

ventura_county_badgeTwo Piru residents were injured Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. in an apparent gang-related shooting at park on Center Street at Piru Square. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, both men were transported to local hospitals.


The first victim suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center where he underwent surgery.

The second victim suffered non-life threatening wounds to his arm and was taken to Ventura County Medical Center. Investigators determined that Mark Plunkett, 33, a Piru resident, was the suspect responsible for the shooting.

Deputies found Plunkett barricaded inside a Piru trailer. The Ventura County Sheriff’s SWAT team was called out, along with negotiators, who spent several hours speaking with Plunkett.

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Plunkett surrendered at 10:30 p.m. and was taken into custody. He has been booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on two counts of attempted murder.

The victims were not identified; however, their ages, 22 and 27, were released.