Santa Monica police are looking for two suspects who were allegedly involved in a shooting incident in a Pico Neighborhood alley near 17th Street and Delaware Avenue in Santa Monica Saturday, December 2nd.
No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred at 9:45 p.m. in the 1900 block of Alley 17, near Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica Police Captain Alex Padilla said.
When police officers arrived at the scene, they were initially unable to locate any possible victims or suspects but spoke to some witnesses.
During the investigation, police were able to identify and make contact with a female victim, Padilla said.
According to the victim and witnesses, she was driving her vehicle with two other occupants inside in the alley when she noticed the suspects’ vehicle stopped ahead of her, police said.
The suspect, described as an 18-year-old Hispanic man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, allegedly got out of his vehicle and began shooting toward the victims’ vehicle but did not hit anything, Padilla said.
The suspect then ran back to his vehicle, which was driven by another suspect described only as a Hispanic person, and they fled southbound in the alley, Padilla said.
The vehicle is described as a 2000 black or green Honda.
Police have not determined the possible motive for the shooting and are investigating whether the incident was gang-related, Padilla said.
“We’re still trying to talk to victims to see if someone could shed some light,” Padilla said.
The shooting occurred four days before a Sunset Park town hall meeting was scheduled to take place at the Grant Elementary School auditorium regarding issues of crime and gang violence.
Anyone with additional information regarding the December 2nd incident is encouraged to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander’s office 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). Callers with information that leads to an arrest and conviction become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.