ISLA VISTA, Calif. -- Another dangerous night near the UC Santa Barbara campus, after two suspects were arrested for multiple shots were fired near apartments on Sabado Tarde Road in Isla Vista.
At about 1:30am, Sheriff's deputies responded to area where one possibly suspect was seen fleeing the scene.
"Of course it was scary!" says Isla Vista resident Joe Coury. "Officers started racing throughout my house. I didn't know what's next?"
Isla Vista resident Joe Coury heard the gun shots while he was sleeping.
"It was super powerful," said Coury. "I never heard a gun shot before."
Soon after, deputies roped off Sabado Tarde.
A man who gave his name as Scott told Central Coast News he lives at the apartment where the shooting happened and said it was his gun involved in the incident.
A witness identified Thomas Christensen as the person with the gun. Christensen crawled out of the apartment window when police showed up, but was caught.
A third suspect , Brett Harris barricaded himself inside the apartment, until deputies threw two flash bang grenades inside to get him out.
"It explodes to blinding, bright white light so you can't see anything," says UCSB student Nolan Duprey. "(It's a) deafening bang to the point where it can give you a concussion and that point officers can run into the building."
Deputies also recovered several other handguns and ammunition inside the apartment.
Christensen is charged with shooting a firearm with gross negligence and carrying a loaded firearm while not being the owner. Harris was charged with resisting arrest. Both suspects are in Santa Barbara County Jail.
UCSB Student Nolan Duprey says a night like last night is becoming the norm in Isla Vista.
"IV has been getting crazier and sketchier lately," says Duprey. "Gun shots and stabbings and stuff, usually, you only hear that once a month and now I'm getting a notification like every other weekend."
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