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Four Shot at North of Montana Party, Suspect Arrested

By Lookout Staff

July 17 -- Four people were taken to local hospitals and treated for minor injuries after a man opened fire outside a house in an upscale Santa Monica neighborhood during a party early Sunday morning, police said.

The shooting took place shortly before 2 a.m. after partygoers got into an argument outside the residence on the 400 block of 11th street North of Montana.

During the argument, one of the subjects pulled out a gun and fired several shots, said Lt. Alex Padilla, the Police Department spokesman.

The suspects and victims fled the scene before police arrived, Padilla said.

One of the suspects involved in the shooting -- identified as Justus Sackett-Michel, a 21-year-old white resident of Los Angeles -- turned himself in at the police department, where he was arrested and booked for conspiracy and attempt murder.

He is being held at the Santa Monica jail, police said. His bail is set at one million dollars.

Police are still looking for at least one other suspect in the shooting, Padilla said.

The vehicle the suspects fled in -- a silver colored BMW 5-series -- was recovered by police.

While the officers were at the scene, they were notified that two shooting victims, a man and a woman, had arrived at a local hospital and were being treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

“The woman had been shot in the leg and the male had been shot in the forearm and lower torso,” Padilla said.

A few minutes later, two men arrived at another local hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, he said.

“One victim had been shot in the thigh and the other victim had been shot in the leg,” Padilla said.

Detectives identified Sackett-Michel as a suspect after interviewing the witnesses and victims.

The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with additional information should call the Santa Monica Police Department at 310.458.8427 (24 hours) or Detectives at 310.458.8451, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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







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