Trio arrested for firing rifle in Pacifica hills


Three people, including two from Southern California, have been arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm in Pacifica early Friday morning, police said.

Officers who heard someone discharging a firearm in the area of the Shelldance Orchard Gardens at 2000 Coast Highway at about 2:20 a.m. on Friday found and detained three people who were hiding on the nursery’s property, according to police. A rifle was located near the spot where they were detained, said.

The three people admitted that they had been drinking and firing the rifle into the hillside, police said.

The suspects were identified as 24-year-old Cosmos Rothenberg of Pacifica, 22-year-old Julia Barcia of Santa Barbara and 28-year-old Iain Bartolomei of Huntington Beach.

No one was injured by the gunfire, police said.

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