Two suspects were arrested by Santa Monica police and booked for attempted homicide September 30th after they were allegedly involved in the gang-related shooting of an 18-year-old man and an elderly passerby near the Venice border.
Santa Monica police were called at 6:10 p.m. to the area of Seventh and Marine streets, where they found two men who each had a gunshot wound to the lower leg, Sgt. Jay Trisler said. The 18-year-old man, whom police believe was targeted in the shooting, and the man in his 70s, who was struck while working in his yard, were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, Trisler said.
Following the shooting, two suspects fled the scene in a white truck and officers located the vehicle as it traveled northbound on Fourth Street onto the Santa Monica Freeway. As police tried to stop the truck, the driver allegedly failed to yield and officers initiated a pursuit as the truck entered the freeway, Trisler said.
The suspects then got out of the vehicle and jumped down the embankment but they were later located in a police perimeter that was established in the area of Bundy Drive, Centinela Avenue, Pearl Street and the freeway.
The suspects, a 17-year-old Hispanic boy and a 19-year-old Hispanic man were booked for attempted homicide and gang enhancement, Trisler said.
After the younger shooting victim was released from the hospital, he was arrested the following day and booked for interfering with a police investigation and gang enhancement, Trisler said. Police were called regarding an unrelated incident, in which the victim allegedly provided a tool to a suspect to open a secured gate, Trisler said.
Police were investigating if the September 30th shooting was connected to a fight following a Santa Monica High School football game at Corsair Field, in which a 17-year-old Inglewood boy sustained a non-life threatening stab wound, Trisler said. No suspect has been identified in that incident.