1 Dead in Santa Monica Gang Attack Near SMC
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Updated at the bottom with one dead, possibly two arrested. Headline has changed. First posted at 11:55 a.m.
Two people were shot not far from Santa Monica College this morning, shaking up a community already shocked by Friday's unrelated rampage.
The violence in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue, a neighborhood long known for its gangs and occasional shootings, was reported at ...
... 8:15 a.m., according to Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis.
The duo were approached on foot and fired on before the suspect fled, possibly in a red Infinity that was being sought by cops, according to Lewis.
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The conditions of the victims were not reported by police. An city email sent to residents this morning read:
There is currently police activity in the area bound by I-10 freeway to Pico Boulevard, 14th Street to 17th Street. Please stay out of the area for the time being.
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The Pico neighborhood, as it's known, is home to the Santa Monica 13 Latino gang and the Graveyard Crips African American gang.
[Updated at 12:18 p.m.]: Longtime Pico neighborhood leader Oscar de la Torre was at the scene of the crime today and says one of the victims, a young Santa Monica 13 gang member or affliliate, died at a hospital.
The other victim who was with him, also an SM 13 member or affiliate, was in critical condition at a hospital, he said.
Police at the scene indicated at least 2 suspects had been detained, according to the community leader.
De la Torre, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member, says he believes the beef involves West L.A.'s Sotel gang, a longtime rival of the Santa Monica set.
He wanted to remind readers that the gang-intervention program he founded, Pico Youth & Family Center, was under threat of being defunded by the city at a time, he argues, when it's needed most in the neighborhood.
A town hall discussion on the matter was scheduled for 6 p.m. June 20 at the center.
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[Added at 1:07 p.m.]: Sgt. Lewis of the SMPD confirmed to the Weekly that one victim has died. He said the other was in surgery at a hospital.
He gave us some information on an earlier, injury shooting in the area, one on Sunday that injured a man on a bicycle.
It happened 12:50 p.m. when someone in a vehicle opened fire on the bicyclist in the 2900 block of Exposition Boulevard, hitting the rider three times with small caliber rounds before the car took off, Lewis said.
A suspect has been identified, and a photo of the shooter would be circulated today in an attempt to find him, the sergeant said.
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Asked to confirm that at least two and as many as four people had been detained in connection with today's attack, Lewis said "that's part of the investigation. I don't know where it stands."
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