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Arrests made as Lompoc police identify man killed in shooting

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LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc Police Department has announced that arrests have been made in an apparent gang-related shooting on Monday.

The arrests come hours after police identified the man who was shot and killed.

Lompoc police confirmed to our newsroom Wednesday evening that 32-year-old Emanuel Cruz, two 16-year-old male juveniles, and a 15-year-old male juvenile. were arrested in connection to the shooting. The adult has been identified as 32-year-old Emanuel Cruz.

Police say Francisco Garcia, 30, from Lompoc was the man shot on the 700 block of Chestnut Avenue near North O Street Monday night.

Police responded to the area after receiving reports of shots fired around 8 p.m. Officers found Garcia suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Lompoc Police Detective Sergeant Vincent Magallon said Tuesday that police believe the shooting was gang-related, but that detectives don't believe Garcia was specifically targeted.

Police said Tuesday that they have acquired some surveillance video from the area, but they are hoping to receive more from anyone in the public who might have video of the incident.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lompoc Police Department.

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