Santa Monica police are seeking a 24-year-old Santa Monica man who allegedly shot and wounded a man on a bicycle near the Santa Monica Freeway June 9, two days after a shooting rampage in the city claimed six lives.
The June 9 incident was followed by another episode of gunfire June 11 that left one man dead and another in critical condition. The shooting occurred in an alley near 16th Street and Michigan Avenue, not far from Santa Monica College, where the June 7 rampage came to an end.
Police say the June 9 incident took place at about 12:50 p.m., in the 2900 block of Exposition Boulevard, where officers found a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, a 32-year-old Hispanic man, was riding his bicycle westbound on Exposition when a suspect drove up alongside and fired several rounds striking him, Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
The victim was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported to a local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators have identified the suspect as Levy Ernesto Rodriguez, 24, of Santa Monica, Lewis said. Rodgriguez is described as 6-foot-3, weighing 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.
The vehicle believed to have been used in the shooting has been located and was impounded as evidence, Lewis said.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Michael Bambrick at (310) 458-8933; Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959; or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.