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Lompoc police report uptick in gang-related crimes

Posted at 6:11 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 22:29:39-05

Gun violence and gang-related activity are on the rise in Lompoc.

The Lompoc Police Department says multiple shootings have taken place and alleged gang members have been arrested over the last month.

According to Lompoc PD, many of the suspects committing these crimes are juveniles.

The most recent incident was Monday on the 400 block of North M St., where police say they arrested a 17-year-old who had a loaded gun.

"Fairly young individuals between the ages of 15 and maybe 18-years-old or in their early 20s, but we've seen even younger people that are gang members that are committing crimes so it’s unfortunate and so we need and can only do so much, so we need help from parents and family and the community as well,” said Sgt. Scott Morgan.

Lompoc police have investigated at least 10 confirmed shootings and have confiscated a total of 15 guns in the last month.

Officials add the people involved are not new gangs and say they have set up directed patrols in the affected areas.

While there have been some injuries related to the recent spike in shootings, there have been no deaths.