Two teenagers were treated for gunshot wounds at a local hospital following the second shooting incident in Santa Monica this month, which occurred near 16th Street and Broadway Tuesday, October 4th.
OCTOBER 4TH SHOOTINGS — The victims — a 16-year-old male Santa Monica resident and a 19-year-old man who is allegedly an admitted Los Angeles gang member — were taken to a local hospital, police said.
The shooting occurred in an alley west of the 1400 block of 16th Street, where Santa Monica police were called at 8:55 p.m. October 4th, Santa Monica police Lt. Frank Fabrega said.
When officers arrived they located the two teenage gunshot victims at the scene. The 16-year-old victim was shot once in the stomach and the 19-year-old was shot twice in the lower torso, police said.
The 19-year-old victim, who police said was not cooperative, told officers that he was “taking out the trash” in the alley when two suspects allegedly drove by in a vehicle and fired shots at the two victims, police said.
The two male suspects were driving a vehicle described as a “possible white or silver late 1980s sedan similar to a Pontiac Grand Am,” police said.
Both of the victims have criminal records, according to police. Police said the 19-year-old was on felony probation and the 16-year-old was on probation and wanted for robbery.
Police were investigating whether the shooting was gang-related, Fabrega said.
OCTOBER 2ND SHOOTING — Two days before the drive-by shooting, a Los Angeles man was killed in a shooting near the Santa Monica Pier early Sunday, October 2nd — the city’s third homicide of the year.
Michael Leon Gatewood, 25, died at a local hospital after he was shot approximately six times following a fight with two suspects on the beach near the pier, police said.
Police alleged that Gatewood was a Los Angeles gang member and fought with a male suspect after Gatewood punched a female suspect in the face. The male suspect then allegedly shot Gatewood on the beach, police said.
The 17-year-old male suspect in the shooting of Gatewood was booked for murder and was taken to a juvenile facility, police said.
SEPTEMBER 24TH — Another Santa Monica shooting incident occurred in the 1300 block of Stanford Street Saturday, September 24th, sending a man to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body.
Fabrega said the recent shootings in the city are not believed to be related.
The police department asks anyone who sees suspicious activity, such as a vehicle continuously driving around in their neighborhood, to report the activity to police, Fabrega said.
The recent shootings have prompted police to consider “reevaluating deployment,” Fabrega said.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery/Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451 or the watch commander at (310) 458-8426.
Callers who wish to provide anonymous information may also call the We-Tip national hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463).
Callers with information that leads to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.