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Lompoc neighbors angered after gunshots cause property damage

Lompoc resident Nina Laucks found bullets and bullet holes outside her house Thursday morning.
The sounds of gunshots woke up her son around midnight.

“It’s gonna be hard for my little one cause he was a nervous wreck. You know it’s just sorta hard when you hear about bullets – he heard the bang; that’s what woke him up,” Laucks said,

Lompoc Police officers walked through the neighborhood off of North Avenue and North A street to survey the damage from a possible gunfight across the street. One man who was working on remodeling one of the businesses in this plaza says he was still at work when the shots rang out.

“I heard some arguing and about five shots were blasted. One car went one way, one went in the other direction. I didn’t see much but I was more concerned about my coworker’s kid so I threw him inside and told him get on the floor,” said Frankie Centino.

The Lompoc Police Department still has not released information as to how many people were involved and what led up to this.

Instead of remaining in fear however, these neighbors are angry at both the damage and the disruption in what has been a quiet neighborhood up until now.

“If I could catch those suckers, I can’t hardly run but I would run those suckers down,” Laucks said.

“[I’m] just kinda concerned if anybody got hit – you know kids or anything like that cause there’s a school right here, kids cross the street and stuff like that so if anything I felt a little angry.. pretty pissed off about it actually,” Centino said.

We are still waiting to hear back from the Lompoc Police Department as to what happened Wednesday night. Check back later for more details.

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