Suspect arrested in shooting of woman fleeing car wash
A 31-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a woman as she was getting into a passing vehicle in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica Dec. 8, police said.
The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. in the 1800 block of Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, where an 18-year-old woman flagged down a vehicle for unknown reasons.
As the woman was getting into the vehicle, a suspect ran up and allegedly fired several rounds from a handgun into the vehicle, striking the victim, Sgt. Richard Lewis said. The driver of the vehicle, who was not injured, sped off and called 911 once he reached the corner of Lincoln and Pico boulevards, Lewis said.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the woman had attended a memorial car wash at Pico Boulevard and 19th Street before she ran from the parking lot to flag down the passing vehicle. It was unclear what prompted the woman to flee from the car wash, which was held in memory of an alleged Santa Monica gang member who grew up in the city and was recently fatally shot in Los Angeles, Lewis said.
Police said the woman has been uncooperative and it was unknown if she knows the suspected shooter.
Following the shooting, officers set up a perimeter around the 1800 block of Pico Boulevard and approximately one hour later, a vehicle driven by the suspect was stopped near Delaware Avenue at 16th Street. The suspect, Waiverly Thomas of Colton, was arrested and a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was also recovered, Lewis said.
Police believe Thomas was also at the memorial car wash prior to the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Daniel Larios at (310) 458-8937, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or, the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.