Four Injured And One Dead In Santa Monica Shooting

Santa Monica Shooting

Four people are injured and one woman has been killed in a shooting which took place near Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Three to four suspects are still at large at this time.

Santa Monica police state that a fight broke out between two groups of people on separate party buses which were parked along Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Occupants from one of the party buses exited the bus and opened fire on members of another party bus.

One person in the street and three persons on a party bus were struck by gunfire, a 30-year-old woman succumbing to her injuries after being transported to the hospital.

Police were almost immediately on the scene as they heard the gunfire while on the Santa Monica Pier. The suspects had already fled the scene when police arrived, and the bus driver of the bus with the injured drove to a nearby police station.

It is reported that at least two gunmen opened fire on the other bus, and four weapons were recovered at two different locations near the scene of the shooting.

At 01:13 a.m., a Twitter user uploaded a short clip from a garage rooftop urging people to be safe, as they had heard what might have been gunshots at the time.

According to KTLA5, officials said the suspects fled the scene by "going off a nearby bluff" along the Pacific Coast Highway. They state that this is also one of the two locations where weapons were found.

The Santa Monica Police Tweeted that the Santa Monica Boulevard was still closed at 8 a.m. this morning. Their official Facebook page gives details of their response to this incident and the request for information leading to the arrest of these suspects can be given 24 hours a day.

The woman who was killed, along with the injured passengers, were celebrating a birthday at the time the shooting occurred and a police spokesman said they do not believe the two parties knew each other.

Police describe the suspects as two to three black males but are still unsure how many shooters were actually involved. They are urging witnesses or anyone with information regarding the shooting to come forward by calling 310-458-8495.