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Suspect in murder of Army soldier wanted for additional shootings in Lompoc

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 21:16:11-04

Lompoc police say a man who is wanted in connection with the murder last year of an Army soldier is suspected of two more shootings over the weekend.

On Saturday, police say Walter Morales chased and shot at a vehicle in the 1000 block of West Olive Avenue. Several people, including children, were reportedly in the vehicle.

A short time later, police say another shooting was reported near the intersection of Laurel Avenue and N Street.

Police say Morales was the shooter in both incidents and he was driving a silver Mercury Mountaineer.

There is an active warrant out for Morales' arrest for the September murder of Marlon Brumfield, who was found shot to death near the intersection of A Street and Ocean Street.

Brumfield was on leave from the Army, visiting his family when he was killed. Another suspect, Francisco GutierrezOrtega, turned himself in to police later that month.

Morales is described as 5'4" tall and 120 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has multiple tattoos, including the name "Morales" on his back, the name "Griselda" on his neck, "Elisa" on his right arm, the letters "VLP" on his left arm, "LOM" on his left leg, and "POC" on his right leg.

Police say Morales should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him is urged to call 911.