Two reputed gang members have been charged with murder and attempted murder and a Los Angeles man was charged as an accessory in connection with the fatal shooting of a Santa Monica man June 11, authorities said.
Gil Verastegui, 29, died at a local hospital after he was shot in an alley behind the 1700 block of 15th Street in Santa Monica, police said. A second man who was shot remains hospitalized. The incident occurred four days after a gunman killed five people in a shooting spree before police shot him to death at the Santa Monica College library.
Police say the two victims in the June 11 incident were standing in the alley when a Hispanic man allegedly walked up and fired several rounds at them before fleeing westbound on Michigan Avenue to an awaiting vehicle.
Through their investigation police were led to the 1500 block of Armacost in West Los Angeles, where two suspects who matched the description given by witnesses were taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot, Sgt. Richard Lewis said. A third suspect was taken into custody inside a nearby apartment, Lewis said.
After police served a search warrant, they located and recovered a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, Lewis said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Christopher Chonan Osumi, 19, of Los Angeles, and Meliton Lorenzo Lopez, 23, of Los Angeles, with one count each of murder and attempted murder with gang allegations, district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said. The complaint alleges Osumi personally discharged a handgun.
The third suspect, Noah Jason Farris, 32, has been charged with being an accessory, Robison said.
Prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $3 million each for Osumi and Lopez and $500,000 for Farris.
If convicted, Osumi and Lopez face up to life in state prison, while Farris faces up to seven years in state prison, Robison said.