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Homeless Love Triangle Leads to Shooting near Main Street and Hollister Avenue

One question remains: How did a homeless man get a gun?


August 8, 2017

Sunset in Santa Monica

A homicide suspect was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Santa Monica Friday evening.

Neighbors reported a shooting in the 2300 block of Main Street around 6:30 p.m. A man was found shot to death in the area and police quickly located the suspect.

When police found the suspect near Main Street and Hollister Avenue by 3rd Street, he displayed a gun. This of course lead to a shootout with police.

"I just heard like kind of these firework sounds go off," witness Lucas Yancey said. "The cops go, 'Why'd you do it? Why'd you do it?' to the guy and he's just (silent), bleeding and not moving."

The suspect was shot once, according to police, and taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

No officers were injured in the shooting and a gun was recovered at the scene. It was also next to a knife, bullets and the glass shot out from the car.

Residents said they recognized the gunman as a local homeless man who recognized his ex girl friend, also homeless, with another homeless man.

Authorities said they suspect the two men knew each other, but it was too early in the investigation.

The suspect faces multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder on the police officers.

This has been the second incident in a day in the neighborhood. The other shooting, in Venice, was not related.


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