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Gunshot Fired Near Pier

By Lookout News

September 11 -- Police are looking for a man who fired at least one gunshot just south of the Santa Monica pier Monday afternoon, but it is unclear if anyone was injured, according to police.

The suspect, who is Black, was involved in an argument with two Hispanic men at around 3:45 p.m. on the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk, when one of the men brandished a knife, according to witnesses interviewed by police.

“The male Black then pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the male Hispanics and a gunshot was heard,” said Lt. Alex Padilla, the Police Department spokesman.

It is not known how many gunshots were fired or if any of the male Hispanics was injured, Padilla said. The two men fled the scene walking southbound on Ocean Front Walk.

After the gunshot was fired, the suspect fled the scene, Padilla said.

Police secured the possible crime scene and processed it for evidence, he said. It is unknown what type of handgun was used, and no vehicle was seen.

The suspect is described as a male Black, 26 years old, 6’2 inches tall and 180 pounds, police said. He has short dread locks and was wearing no shirt and black and white plaid shorts.

Police are also looking for the victims and have notified local hospitals, Padilla said. The investigation is ongoing.

“It could be self defense, we don’t know,” Padilla said. “We won’t know unless we find a victim.”

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.

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

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