Traffic Crash Leads to Shooting in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA (CNS) – A crash involving a pair of SUVs in Santa Monica escalated into a shooting Tuesday, with one motorist suffering a gunshot wound to a shoulder and the other taken into custody.

At about 3:42 pm, officers were flagged down by an individual near Sixth Street and Broadway, where a crash had occurred involving two SUVs, said Lt. Rudy Flores of the Santa Monica Police Department.

According to witnesses, the driver of one of the SUVs involved in the collision “exited the vehicle and shot at the other” vehicle, police said. “The victim was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening wound” to a shoulder, police said.

A suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered, Flores said, adding that “this remains an active investigation.”

While it’s unclear what led to the crash and shooting, police said “it appears both individuals involved are known to each other.”

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