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By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

Santa Monica Police Fail to Release Name of Suspects in Pier Shooting

Police have few clues and will not say whether they have security camera footage


November 11, 2017

Santa Monica Police kept people out of the area near the pier for 8 hours following the 1 am shooting Saturday

11/11/17: As of today, Police still have release no information about a suspect in the shooting of a young woman from a party bus on Ocean Avenue, near the Santa Monica Pier. This almost certainly means authorities still don't know his identity, or even how many shooters were involved.

De'Ommie De La Cruz was shot dead at 1 am Saturday as a result of a verbal dispute between passengers of two buses parked in the busy area across from the Pier.

Witnesses said that or three men fired guns into De La Cruz's bus and then ran away. They killed the 28 year old mother and wounded 3 others.

The two groups were not traveling together, but some passengers seem to have known each other, said Police Dept. spokesman Lt. Saul Rodriguez.

"I did hear that maybe one of the parties may have recognized them from a previous encounter," Rodriguez told the LA Times. "Like they've known each other from some prior run-in possibly."

De La Cruz's mother wrote on a gofundme page seeking "assistance both emotional and financial" that her daughter left behind a 2-year-old.

"I have heard many times that bullets have no names and that tomorrow is never promised but never has this been more real to me than today," wrote Tomiekia Falconer-De La Cruz.

Police have few clues and will not say whether they have security camera footage. This seems unlikely, since they haven't released a suspect's photo.

Police ask anyone with additional information to Det. Leone at (310) 458-8949, Det. Cooper at (310) 458-8478, or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.


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