Santa Monica police detained a group of seven people after responding to reports of shots fired in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica Thursday, December 27th.

Police were called at 5 p.m. to the area of Stewart Street and Kansas Avenue in Santa Monica where officers on patrol in the area saw a group of seven people running from the area and into a nearby fast-food restaurant in the 2800 block of Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica Lt. P.J. Guido said.

The seven then left the restaurant and got into a parked vehicle in the parking lot, where officers detained them to investigate their possible involvement in the shooting, Guido said.

Police determined that some of those in the group are alleged members of a Santa Monica gang, Guido said.

It was unknown whether they were victims or suspects in the shooting but police detained the group in connection with the incident, he said.

Officers also found evidence at the scene, including shell casings and bullet strikes, which confirmed that a shooting had recently occurred in the area.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8427, or detectives at (310) 458-8451.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463 (800-78-CRIME).

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