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Arrest made following Easter shooting in Lompoc

Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 22, 2019

No one was injured in an Easter afternoon shooting that led to the arrest of an 18-year-old in Lompoc, according to police.

Lompoc police say officers were responding to the area of College Avenue and T Street at about 5 p.m. Sunday after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding shots fired in the area.

While en route, police say two vehicles matching the description of those reportedly involved in the shooting were spotted near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and H Street.

While following the vehicles, police say officers were flagged down by one of the drivers who told police the other vehicle, an SUV, was involved in the shooting.

Officers reportedly located the “speeding vehicle” again in the area of Hickory Avenue and F Street before it crashed into parked vehicles.

The driver was seen by an officer getting out of the vehicle and running into the 300 south F/G Street alley, according to police, who say a witness said the man threw “a shiny object” into a backyard.

The item was located and found to be a handgun, according to police, and casings found along the 500 block of the north T/U Street alley reportedly matched it.

The driver was identified by police as Salvador Lemus, 18, of Lompoc. He was booked into the Lompoc City Jail and faces charges connected to the shooting, including shooting at an inhabited dwelling, participating in a criminal street gang, hit and run, and resisting a peace officer.

Salvador Lemus
Salvador Lemus