Santa Monica police are looking for a fourth male suspect in connection with the shooting of a man in the Sears parking lot in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue Thursday night, August 21st.
The victim, who suffered a single gunshot wound, was released after being treated at a local hospital, police said. No other injuries were reported.
Police were called at about 9:45 p.m. to the parking lot regarding a report of shots fired. The victim told officers that suspects confronted him as he left the Santa Monica Pier, where a Twilight Dance Series concert had taken place earlier, Sgt. David Hunscke said.
The suspects asked the man where he was from, a phrase commonly used by gang members to determine if a person is from another gang, Hunscke said. After the man told the suspects he was not a gang member, they left the area, but they then confronted the man and his friend a short time later in the Sears lot, Hunscke said.
A fight ensued, at which time one of the suspects allegedly displayed a handgun and shot the man, Hunscke said.
Witnesses gave officers a description of the four suspects and the direction they fled following the shooting. Officers contained the area with the assistance of a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter and located three of the suspects. The gun has not been recovered.
The three suspects, who were booked at the Santa Monica Police Department, are identified as William Ramirez, 26, Albert Ramirez, 22, and Jesse Araiza, 19, police said.
The suspects, who police allege are gang members, were each charged with attempted murder, conspiracy and promoting a criminal street gang, while William Ramirez was additionally charged with parole violation and Araiza with probation violation, Hunscke said.
The fourth suspect sought is described as a Hispanic man, five-feet-nine, heavyset and wearing a black T-shirt, he said.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call Santa Monica police detectives at (310) 458-8451 or the watch commander at (310) 458-8427.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463 (800-78-CRIME).