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Police arrest man on suspicion of shooting homeless man in Santa Maria

Santa Maria police arrested a San Luis Obispo man on Monday for attempted murder.

David Garcia Ochoa, 28, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Monday on attempted murder charges after a homeless man was found shot to death in Santa Maria early Sunday morning.

Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, officers responded to reports of a person fallen to the ground in a parking lot in the 1700 block of South Broadway in Santa Maria.

When officers arrived, they found a 28-year-old man, believed to be homeless, who had been shot multiple times while walking through the parking lot around 3:00 a.m. The man remains in the hospital for treatment of his gunshot wounds.

Investigators identified David Garcia Ochoa as the prime suspect. He said Ochoa worked as an unarmed private security guard and was responsible for the security of construction equipment and materials near the crime scene.

Police believe that Ochoa was illegally carrying a loaded firearm at the construction site and that he never informed police about the shooting but immediately left the scene.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for attempted murder and a search warrant for Ochoa's home.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Monday, detectives, SWAT agents and sheriff's deputies executed warrants at Ochoa's home in the 200 block of Avila Beach Drive in San Luis Obispo. Ochoa was arrested without incident and evidence related to the investigation was recovered from his home.

Ochoa was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on attempted murder charges and is being held on $1 million bail.

Investigators believe Ochoa may be connected to other crimes involving the discharge of a firearm and are continuing to conduct their investigations at full speed.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other crimes in which Ochoa may be involved is asked to contact Detective Erik Hesch at (805) 928-3781, extension 1349, or Detective Neil Patel at extension 1680.