Another Santa Monica Shooting: At Least 1 Dead, Shooter Still At Large [UPDATED]
The last thing anyone in Santa Monica wanted to hear after Friday's devastating shooting spree is that there's another gunman on the loose.
CBS News reports that two men were injured this morning after a suspect in a car pulled into an alley and opened fire. The incident occurred approximately half a mile from Santa Monica College.
Officials responded to a call at 8:20 a.m. in the 1500 block of Michigan Ave. near 15th Street.
The victims, who both appear to be in their early 20s, were transported to local hospitals in unknown condition. Witnesses told Fox News that both men were shot in the stomach and one appeared "critical." Fox speculates that this appears to be a gang-related shooting and that there is "no apparent connection" to the shootings on Friday.
One witness told Fox, "It felt like you were in Vietnam. I hit my floor and I was just trembling."
No school lockdowns have been ordered, but tensions in the neighborhood are understandably running high. The description of the shooter is brief: A Hispanic man, possibly driving an Infiniti.
We'll add more details as they develop.
UPDATE, 2:15 P.M.: City News Service reports that one of the men has died. His name has not been released. The condition of the other man was not immediately known. Both victims were shot multiple times in the upper body.
The preliminary investigation has found that the men were approached by the suspect on foot, who opened fired then fled, possibly in a blue Infiniti.
Residents say there has been gang activity in the area.