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Driver of SUV Murdered in Shooting on 29th Street Near Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica. Female Suspect at Large

A single father of two, the victim was often seen in the neighborhood helping local homeless people. Neighbors feared the perpetrator for her level of insanely threatening behavior

A shooting in the 2600 block of 29th street on Thursday morning has killed one victim. The perpetrator shot at a black Ford Mustang SUV , which was later parked on 29th Street near the 2900 block of Ocean Park Blvd. At 3 pm, the SMPD tweeted that the victim had died from his injuries. A photo from the scene, posted here, shows the drivers window having been smashed by the bullet. KTLA reported blood could be seen on the driver's side on the street.

Late Friday afternoon, Police announced the arrest of a female suspect whom they described as homeless. Kayla Denise Mackey has been charged with the murder of Edward Williams III. According to a post on social media, Williams was a single father with two children. He was missing one leg. He was often seen in the neighborhood helping local homeless people. Mackey was a known local homeless woman, whom neighbors feared for her level of insanely threatening behavior.

Santa Monica Police released the following on Twitter: "Today, at 10:25 AM, we received a call of shots fired in the 2600 block of 29th Street. Officers located one victim who has been transported to a local hospital. His condition remains unknown. The suspect or suspects are outstanding. Detectives are on scene and investigating. All updates will be made via our social media channels. Currently the 2600 block of 29th Street is closed until further notice. Please stay clear of the area."

"3pm Update: Unfortunately, the victim involved in the recent incident on 29th and Ocean Park succumbed to his injuries at a local area hospital. Our investigation into this matter is ongoing. The safety of our community is our top priority and we are committed to maintaining a strong presence in the area. We appreciate your patience as the area remains closed to through traffic."

The location is across the street from a large park, Clover Park. It is not far from Santa Monica Airport. The neighborhood, called Sunset Park, is ordinarily safe by Santa Monica standards.

Some witnesses believe they saw the victim, who has not been identified, and the suspect arguing before the shooting. It is not clear at this time what the relationship was between the two, if they knew each other at all.


Reader Comments(2)

bonnie writes:

I'm just responding to the previous comment. The word murder is in the headline because the person is dead. Also, I have read other stories about this event. I don't know if true or not true. But the basic story seems to be, from what I've heard, that a man in a nice car from los angeles picked up a homeless woman from los angeles. They drove to santa monica and a fight ensued (not sure if over money - but seems possible) and a gun was drawn, fired, and the man ended up dead. Maybe Santa Monica and LA should crack down on prostitution because it leads to death.

SMResident writes:

Why does the headline say “murdered” when there is no evidence the victim is dead?