Santa Monica police arrested two men from Pacoima who were allegedly involved in the shooting of two 17-year-old boys from El Monte in a parking lot north of the Santa Monica Pier early Sunday, February 4th.
The two teenage victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the apparent gang-related shooting and were taken to local hospitals for treatment, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.
The two suspects, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old, were booked for attempted murder and gang enhancement, Padilla said.
The shooting occurred at about 3 a.m. in the beach parking lot in the 1500 block of Pacific Coast Highway, where a group of teenagers got into an argument with the suspects, who were in another group and exchanged gang-related comments, Padilla alleged.
The suspects’ group then got into a Suburban SUV and began to drive away from the parking lot. As the vehicle was leaving the parking lot, one of the suspects allegedly opened fire toward the victims, striking one of them in the stomach and the other in the right leg, Padilla said.
The vehicle then drove away from the scene onto the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10).
Santa Monica police officers located the suspects’ vehicle driving eastbound on the freeway and conducted a traffic stop near the entrance to the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405), he said.
Police arrested eight occupants who were inside the vehicle and found a semiautomatic pistol, he said.
After further investigation, police released six of the occupants.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8426.
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.