Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspects who allegedly shot BB pellets at a group of protesters outside a pet store Saturday, October 10th.

Officers were called at 2:41 p.m. to the 800 block of Wilshire Boulevard where an assault with a deadly weapon was reported.

Two people who were part of a large protest group in front of the pet store were struck in the lower leg with BBs from an unknown air gun, Santa Monica police Sgt. Jay Trisler said. The victims did not show signs of any visible injuries and did not require treatment, he said.

The group was reportedly protesting the supply of puppies from a puppy mill but the store owner told police that the store does not get puppies from a mill, Trisler said.

No suspects have been identified in the shooting.

The motive for the incident is under investigation. Another protest was held the following weekend with no reported incidents, Trisler said.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Michael Bambrick at (310) 458-8932, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959, or the watch commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

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