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3 Arrested in Santa Monica Alley Shooting

Photo Credit: Santa Monica Police
Photo Credit: Santa Monica Police
Two gang members and an alleged accomplice were arrested today on suspicion of a shooting that killed one man and injured another in Santa Monica.

Christopher Chonan Osumi, 19, and Meliton Lorenzo Lopez, 23, both of Los Angeles were taken into custody on suspicion of murder and being a member of a criminal street gang, according to Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department. Bail for both was set at $1.04 million.

A third man, Noah Jason Farris, 32, of Los Angeles, was collared on suspicion of being an accomplice to a felony and gang membership. 

The shooting was reported at 8:15 a.m. June 11 in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica, police said.

Two victims were found, and one died from his injuries. He was identified as Gil Verastegui, 29, of Santa Monica. The other remains in critical condition.

According to police:

During the course of the investigation, several investigative leads were developed, leading investigators to the 1500 Block of Armacost in West Los Angeles. A short time later, two suspects matching the description given by witnesses were taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot; a third suspect was taken into custody inside a nearby apartment. During the service of a subsequent search warrant, a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered.

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D K Hatton June 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM
A gun comment and not a gang comment...perhaps Santa Monica should consider being the first 'gun free' city in America. If you can do it with single-use plastic bags, why not firearms?
mathew millen June 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Pres. Clinton commissioned a study by HUD regarding gun violence and low income housing. The result was gun violence is higher in neighborhoods with an overconcentration of low income rental housing. With a low income housing project on almost every block in Pico Neigh. and the shootings adjacent to the low income housing projects in Pico, it is clear the study is correct. We need a moratorium on new projects in Pico. The city's policy of low income housing being a community benefit is obviously flawed. Now we know why with City Dir. of Housing and the Ex. Dir. of CCSM won't live next door to the projects they develop..too dangerous. The projects only benefit SMRR by importing voters from outside of SM to increase SMRR"s voter base..no benefit to current SM residents.
Glenn E Grab June 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM
so, the problem is guns, not gangs?.....this gang crap has been going on for 70 years, at least....they kill each other constantly....

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