A suspect remains at large after allegedly firing shots at three Santa Monica students, striking one of them in the leg, while they were standing on the street Oct. 19, police said.

The three students, one 15-year-old and two 16-year-old boys, were standing at Seventh and Ozone Streets near the Venice border at 6:35 p.m., when a white American-made sedan drove up.

After the students and driver of the vehicle exchanged words, the students threw small pumpkins at the car, Santa Monica police Sgt. Jay Trisler said. The driver then allegedly shot at the group, striking the 15-year-old, and drove away in an unknown direction, Trisler said.

The wounded victim was treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening injury, Trisler said. Police, who said the victims were not forthcoming with information regarding the incident or suspect following the shooting, have not determined a possible motive.

Police were investigating if the incident was gang related.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Hee Seok Ahn at (310) 458-8452, Sgt. Robert Almada at (310) 458-8486, or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

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