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4 deadly shootings have Pomona on edge

Four deadly shootings in Pomona within the last week were probably gang-related and have the community on edge.

The shootings that began March 7 have claimed the lives of four men ages 18 to 24 and forced Pomona police to step up patrols across the city until arrests are made, police said.

Capt. Michael Olivieri said none of the shootings were directly connected, but detectives do not believe the attacks were random and were probably tied to gangs. Olivieri said the department believes each of the victims was the intended target of their assailants.

The killings began March 7, when Kelly Buruan, 24, of Los Angeles was shot in a drive-by shooting on West 9th Street about 2:20 p.m.

Then Sunday evening, Joseph Cook was gunned down outside a home in the 2200 block of Carlton Avenue.

On Monday evening, officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 700 block of North Gordon Street and came across a wounded man, Christopher Continola, 20 of Pomona. He had been shot in the body about 9:30 p.m. and died in the hospital, according to police.

The next day about 8:15 p.m., Michael Castillo, 18, was found with a fatal gunshot wound at an apartment complex, police said.

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