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Nelson Charged in Feb. 17 Shooting at 5th and Arizona Avenue

Bar fight turns into gun violence exiting West End Bar


March 15, 2018

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The West End bar was the scene of a bar fight , until someone pulled a gun

3/9/2018: SMPD detectives say they filed charges against Carl Marcel Nelson, 33, from Los Angeles for a shooting at 5th Street and Arizona on February 18th.

That night, several men were in a fist fight after exiting a nearby nightclub called the West End. The fight ended when Nelson pulled out a pistol.

Police named the suspect as Nelson

"The suspect shot at a male victim and fled the location. The victim was struck multiple times in the lower leg . The victim was found in a nearby car with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. "

SMPD forensics collected evidence of Nelson's link to the crime. SMPD took Nelson into custody on March 7, 2018 in the 10000 block of East Flower Street in Los Angeles.

He's charged with 664/187(a) PC – Attempt Murder; 245(a)(2) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon and 29800(a)(1) PC – Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Nelson remains in custody with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office on a $ 2.165 million bail pending future court proceedings.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Cooper at (310) 458-8478; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.


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