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Man Shot in Pico Neighborhood

By Lookout Staff

August 28 -- A man who had been sleeping in his truck was shot when he chased his assailants near Virginia Avenue Park early Tuesday morning, police said.

The victim was parked on the 1900 block of Cloverfield Boulevard, when one of more assailants broke the driver’s side window sometime after 4 a.m., awakening him, police said.

The suspects fled on foot, said Lt. Alex Padilla, the Police Department spokesman.

“The victim drove his truck and chased the suspects who turned west onto Virginia Avenue,” Padilla said. “As the victim drove down the street, several gunshots were fired towards the truck.”

One of the gunshots struck the victim in the upper body and he drove himself to the hospital, where he was treated for a non-life threatening wound, Padilla said.

Police received a call from a local hospital at 4:40 a.m. informing the department that a gunshot victim had just walked into their hospital, Padilla said.

Officers interviewed the victim at the hospital, he said.

This investigation is ongoing and at this time the police department does not have any suspect information.

Anyone with additional information should call the Santa Monica Police Department at 310.458.8427 (24 hours) or call Detectives at 310.458.8451 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (72463).

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