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Shot in Pico Neighborhood Thought to be Gang Related

By Lookout Staff

Nov. 27 -- Police are searching for two suspects who chased and fired at a man in the Pico Neighborhood Tuesday afternoon in what investigators believe is a gang-related incident.

The incident -- which took place on the 2300 block of Virginia Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. -- comes four days after a man was shot in the arm in the violence-riddled neighborhood.

The target of Tuesday's shooting -- who "provided officers with limited information and was less than cooperative" -- said the suspect fired one shot in his direction, police said.

One suspect is described as a Black man in his twenties, 5í11 tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has black hair and a medium complexion and was wearing a navy blue shirt, navy blue sweat pants and a blue baseball cap.

A second suspect was described as a Black man in his twenties with a heavy build and wearing a light blue, short-sleeve shirt and light-colored jeans.

The suspectís vehicle was described as a "beat-up" older model white vehicle.

Tuesday's incident was the third report of shots fired in the Pico neighborhood since November 17, when witnesses said they heard several shots being fired in the area.

After an extensive search, however, responding officers turned up no victims or suspects, said Lt. Frank Fabrega, the police department spokesman.

The Pico neighborhood was the site of the year's first homicide when Jalonnie D. Carter, a young black man was fatally shot in an alley on September 2.

Five shootings also took place in the crime-riddled neighborhood between May 9 and June 5. No one was injured in the shootings.

Tuesday's incident occurred on the same afternoon a woman was apparently shot in the lower back as she walked with a friend through an alley near Santa Monica Boulevard on the border of the Pico Neighborhood, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding Tuesday's incident is encouraged to call the Santa Monica Police Department at 310.458.8491.

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