Deputies were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of Hecker Pass Road at about 8:15 p.m., the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.
Arriving officers found two boys, both 14 years old, suffering gunshot wounds.
Both victims were taken to Watsonville Community Hospital, where one boy died from his injury, according to the sheriff's office.
The second victim was treated and released.
Detectives believe the shooting was gang related.
Anyone who might have information regarding the crime is asked to contact the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office at (831) 454-2311.