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Man arrested in South Salt Lake flower store slaying

An anonymous tip and being in the right place at the right time resulted in South Salt Lake police making an arrest Tuesday in the shooting death of a man in a flower store parking lot.

Steven Daniel Lucero, 20, was arrested for investigation of homicide. Police say he shot 24-year-old Juan Carlos Ochoa, from Washington state, multiple times in the parking lot of Flower Patch, 3302 S. 300 West, on Sunday about 2:30 a.m. Investigators still weren't sure of a motive Tuesday evening.

After the slaying, detectives asked for the public's help in finding a gray Buick Rivera with a light-colored top that witnesses had seen leaving the area.

About 7 p.m. Monday, investigators received a tip that the vehicle might be at a Salt Lake address, said South Salt Lake police officer Gary Keller. Detectives went to a house near 1500 South and 900 East and found the vehicle hidden underneath a tarp, he said. Witnesses later positively identified the car.

Lucero arrived at the house shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday morning while officers were still at the scene. He was arrested by the officers and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

Keller said there was also evidence that Lucero had made arrangements to have the car's appearance altered in the near future. The vehicle was impounded early Tuesday by detectives to be processed for evidence.

Lucero was already on probation for a conviction on an amended charge of attempted theft by receiving stolen property in 2006, according to court records.