Police seek help finding suspects in Ocean Park shooting

From Lookout employees

October 7, 2021 – The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking help from the public in finding two suspects in a shootout that took place in Ocean Park two weeks ago.

Police on Thursday released compositions of the suspects, who were described as two Hispanic men between 18 and 25 years old with Latino accents and “light to medium skin color”.

Courtesy of SMPD

Both suspects fled south on Neilson Way along Ocean Park Boulevard in an “older SUV, possibly a Sequoia, 4Runner or Tahoe,” said Lt. Rudy Flores, the police spokesman.

The shooting took place near 3 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, near the corner of Ocean Avenue and Pacific Street.

The victim told police he was sleeping in his vehicle when the suspects “armed with a gun and a taser opened his door and asked for his car keys,” said Flores.

“There was a verbal argument” and “Suspect # 2 felt the victim, then suspect # 1 shot the victim in the face,” said Flores.

Suspect # 1 is approximately five to five feet tall and weighs between 155 and 170 pounds, police said. He has a buzzing haircut and “fluff on his upper lip”.

The suspect wore “a loose-fitting, orange / yellow / reddish plaid shirt with short sleeves (and) loose dark pants / jeans,” said the police.

It had a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, “medium tone” and about a 6-inch barrel.

Suspect # 2 is approximately five feet tall and weighs between 145 and 165 pounds, police said.

He is described as “flabby” with a “baby face” with no facial hair. Like Suspect # 1, he wore a buzzing haircut.

He was wearing a dark or red jersey top “Crossover” with dark letters and dark to medium-sized denim shorts and white tennis shoes, the police said. He had a black 5-inch taser or stun gun.

Anyone with information to identify and locate the suspect and the vehicle should contact Detective Nicole Murphy at (310) 458-8941 or email [email protected], Sergeant Art Williams at (310) 458-8475 or the watch commanders (24 hours) at (310) 458-8426.

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