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Boy, 9, missing after mother gunned down in Santa Maria

UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled after 9-year-old boy found safe

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A man suspected of abducting his 9-year-old son, prompting an Amber Alert Tuesday, is also a "person of interest" in the slaying of the boy's mother, police said.

 

Authorities were called to the 200 block of North College Drive Monday, where they found a shooting victim dead at the scene, according to a Santa Maria Police Department news release.

During the investigation, police requested an Amber Alert for Daniel Marozov, the news release stated.

Marozov's mother was the victim in the shooting, Sgt. Jesus Valle told the Los Angeles Times.

Konstantin Morozov, the boy's father, is believed to be with his son and is considered as "person of interest" in the slaying, Valle said.

An Amber Alert is in place for Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Daniel Marozov stands 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 90 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Konstantin Morozov, 48, stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He also has brown hair and brown eyes.

Konstantin Morozov left in a blue 2015 blue Volkswagen Golf hatchback, which was later found abandoned in Santa Maria, the Police Department tweeted.

Police said they believed the father and son moved to a black 2017 Jeep Cherokee with California license plate 7XZK698, but that vehicle was also discovered abandoned in Santa Barbara Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed. A neighbor told television station KEYT that the vehicle parked at about 2 a.m. and a man could be seen climbing into another car.

The Jeep has been towed away, a Santa Barbara police official confirmed.

It was unclear where Konstantin Morozov may be headed with his son, but police asked that special attention be paid to international airports and border crossings.

Konstantin Morozov should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the CHP.

Anyone who spots the two were asked not to approach, but to call 911 instead.