The Santa Maria Police Department is investigating an apparent gang-related shooting that left one man critically injured early Monday morning.

According to police officials, officers responded to a report of a shooting at 12:44 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of West El Camino Street in Santa Maria.

When officers arrived, they found an adult male suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The unidentified man was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

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Police officials said they believe this incident is gang-related, and they are investigating the incident as an attempted homicide.

Investigators are requesting that anyone with information about this crime contact the Santa Maria Police Department at 928-3781, ext. 2278.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.

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