September 23, 2021 4:23 pm
Santa Monica, California – At around 1:21 pm on September 6, 2021, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officials responded to a report of “gunfire fired” in the Yorkshire and Pico area. At the same time, another caller reported a hit and run near the same location.
When the officers arrived on site, both the alleged perpetrator and the suspicious vehicle had disappeared. The officers met with a victim and witnesses who reported that in the incident, the suspect rammed the victim’s car from the back to avoid a possible road traffic incident. The victims got out of their vehicle and were attacked while trying to escape by the suspect, who fired several shots at them. One of the victims suffered a graze on his knee and was taken to a local hospital.
On September 21, SMPD detectives, with the support of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Team (Drone Team), executed an arrest warrant against Eliott Ferrando, 24 years old. Ferrando was arrested without incident in the Los Angeles area, charged with attempted murder, and held in Santa Monica on $ 1,000,000 bail. A subsequent search of his home revealed a handgun believed to have been used in the September 6 incident.
On September 23, the case was brought to the Los Angeles District Attorney for filing. Ferrando was transferred to the Los Angeles County Custody and charged with attempted murder 664/187 (a) PC on two counts, with a recommendation of $ 1,008,000 bail.