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Three Suspects Arrested For Fatal Santa Cruz Shootout Friday

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A rolling gun battle that left a Watsonville man dead began after two coworkers who belonged to rival gangs spotted each other while driving on Mission Street in Santa Cruz Friday, police said. Police arrested Marcus Bates, 22, and Michael Bates, 18, both of Aptos, on suspicion of homicide and Marisa Arroyo, 18, on suspicion of being an accessory to the crime and destroying evidence.

According to police, Marcus Bates and the victim, 31-year-old Alejandro Garcia Sanchez, worked together at a Santa Cruz business and had previously fought there. They spotted each other while driving on Mission Street shortly before 11 p.m. Friday. Three cars exchanged gunfire and Sanchez was hit and crashed his car in a Burger King parking lot, police said.

Police said they have recovered the vehicles driven by the suspects and all had been hit by gunfire. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting, may have video footage, or found fragments of the cars or bullets to contact Santa Cruz police at (831) 420-5820.

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