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Sheriff’s Office investigating shots heard, report of fight in Vandenberg Village

VANDENBERG VILLAGE, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of gunshots heard in the community of Vandenburg Village.

Deputies were called to the 4000 block of Polaris Avenue around 12:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Deputies said a man heard rummaging coming from his car parked in front of his home and confronted the group of suspects.

A fight broke out between the man and one of the suspects, according to officials. That's when gunshots were fired nearby and the victim retreated from the fight to call for help.

The Sheriff's Office was unable to locate the suspects or their vehicle.

"We've had break-ins for quite awhile now, car break-ins, they come up from downtown because they think it's an easy place, its quiet," said Robert Lyons, a Vandenberg Village resident.

"What's going through your mind when you hear of something like this happening in this neighborhood," asked James Clem. "It's pretty close to home. This stuff has got to stop, it's too, it's getting too dangerous."

Despite the scary morning for neighbors and residents in the sleepy neighborhood, no injuries were reported.

This latest shooting comes just hours after police in Santa Maria responded to a shooting that sent an 18-year-old to a hospital. No arrests have been made in that case.

Earlier this week, a 34-year-old man was shot dead in Lompoc. On Wednesday, Lompoc police announced a 21-year-old man was arrested in San Diego County and booked into jail to face murder charges for the man's death.

All three incidents remain under investigation.

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