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Bus to Bus Shooting Kills Woman in Front of Santa Monica Pier--Suspects at Large

Two additional victims remain hospitalized in stable condition and the Road is Closed


November 7, 2017

Friday night a young woman was killed in a bus to bus shooting on Ocean and Colorado

A bus to bus shooting just before 1 am Saturday, killed one woman right in front of the Santa Monica Pier Arch. Two people were hospitalized. The area remained closed to traffic at 9 am Sunday, as police investigate.

Police say that two groups of people got out of two different busses and started to argue with each other. Shots were fired from one group into the other, and the suspects fled into Palisades Park. Police could not immediately find them.

The intersection of Colorado and Ocean Avenue is very congested with tourists and other pedestrians. The 100 year old Santa Monica Pier is the single most popular tourist destination in Santa Monica, and includes Pacific Park with its carnival rides.

Police issued the following release:

This morning at about 12:58 a.m., officers responded to Ocean Avenue and Colorado Blvd. regarding possible shots fired. Officers arrived in the area and discovered a shooting had occurred with a victim located on Ocean Avenue. An involved bus drove to the Santa Monica Public Safety Facility (PSF) with additional gunshot victims on board. Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated the victims. Three victims were treated and transported to a local hospital for treatment. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries; but was not transported to the hospital.

Unfortunately, one of the victims succumbed to her injuries from a gunshot wound. Two additional victims remain hospitalized in stable condition.

Two people were injured and the area remains closed

Officers determined a bus (bus-1) occupied with a large group parked along Ocean Avenue and Colorado Blvd. Several occupants exited the bus (bus-1) onto Ocean Avenue. At some point, the occupants (bus-1) got into an altercation with several subjects that exited another nearby bus (bus-2) parked on Ocean Avenue. A short time later, several suspect(s) fired multiple rounds into the bus (bus-1) striking three victims and a victim on Ocean Avenue.

The suspects fled the area westbound in Palisades Park and jumped over a railing towards Pacific Coast Highway. The bus (bus-1) immediately fled the area and drove to the Santa Monica PSF with three gunshot victims on board.

The suspects are described as 2-3 male blacks with no additional information available at this time. This investigation is on-going.

We are seeking the public's assistance in locating witnesses or anyone in the area at the time of this incident. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Leone (310) 458-8949; Detective Cooper (310) 458-8478; or the


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