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Orange County woman dies after being shot with BB gun, police say

April 19, 2013|By Joseph Serna
  • Martha Socorro Marin, 32, of Santa Ana was pronounced dead at UC Irvine Medical Center after being shot in the chest with a BB rifle by her boyfriend, police say.
Martha Socorro Marin, 32, of Santa Ana was pronounced dead at UC Irvine Medical… (Santa Ana Police Department )

An autopsy is scheduled Friday for a Santa Ana woman who police say died after being shot by a BB gun.

“She just had a small puncture wound in her chest area,” said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Martha Socorro Marin, 32, was shot in the chest with a BB rifle about 11:45 a.m. Thursday by her boyfriend in their Santa Ana home, police say.

Paramedics performed CPR on Marin at her home and then took her to UCI Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

“Never point any weapon at anybody,” Bertagna cautioned. “But I’ve never heard of anyone dying from a BB gun.”

Marin and her boyfriend had been together for 14 years and have two children together, Bertagna said. The pair lived on the property of Marin's parents in a home on the back of their lot.

Police have not identified Marin's 34-year-old boyfriend, who was briefly detained for questioning. He told police the shooting was an accident and was released pending the results of the autopsy, Bertagna said.

“Was this, in fact, an accident or was this some kind of criminal act?” Bertagna said. “That’s where we’re at.”

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