Santa Monica police have arrested a male juvenile and are looking for other suspects who were allegedly involved in the gang-related shooting of a Santa Monica man in his early 20s in front of an apartment complex on 20th Street in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica Thursday, June 14th, police said.
The victim, who was shot in the arm, was taken to a local hospital by some friends, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.
No other injuries were reported.
Police were called at 5:35 p.m. to the 1900 block of 20th Street, near Delaware Avenue, in Santa Monica regarding a report of shots fired.
Witnesses told officers that two men who are believed to be in their early 20s were standing in front of an apartment complex when a group of suspects allegedly approached them and fired several shots, striking one of the men in the arm, Padilla said.
The suspects then fled on foot between the buildings and no vehicle was seen.
When officers arrived, no victims were at the scene but police were later notified by a local hospital that a gunshot victim was being treated, Padilla said. No weapon has been recovered.
Police received information from witnesses that one of the suspects was seen running away from the scene and might be hiding in a nearby residence, Padilla said.
Police searched the residence and located the juvenile suspect hiding in one of the bedrooms, according to Padilla. The suspect was arrested for attempted murder.
Officers set up a perimeter of the area and used canines to search for the other suspects but they were not located. A helicopter from the Los Angeles Police Department was also used to assist in the search.
The other suspects are believed to be either teenagers or in their early 20s and are described as Hispanic males, Padilla said.
Police believe the suspects and victims knew each other. The exact reason for the shooting is under investigation but police believe that the incident was gang-related, Padilla said.
“This was not a random act,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander at (310) 458-8427.
Callers who wish to provide anonymous information may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463 (800-78-CRIME).