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Woman Shot on Pico Boulevard

The victim was in a car on Pico when she was hit multiple times while trying to escape her assailant, police say.

A gunman sprayed bullets at a car Saturday evening, striking a woman multiple times on busy Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica police reported.

A suspect is in custody, but not yet booked on charges. The unidentified woman is hospitalized in serious condition. She is expected to survive, according to police. No one else was injured.

UPDATE: Police Name Suspect in Pico Shooting

The shooting happened at about 5 p.m. after the woman darted into the intersection from 18th Street to flag down cars, saying she needed help leaving the area, according to spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis. A car with two people inside stopped to help and she jumped in, but before the car could drive off, the gunman ran onto the sidewalk and fired multiple rounds at her, the sergeant said.

"Everybody is uncooperative... so we can't tell you why this took place," Lewis said.

The vehicle drove to Pico and Lincoln boulevards, where the driver stopped to call for help, he said.

After shooting the woman, the gunman fled west into neighborhoods on 17th, 18th and 19th streets, according to the police. He was apprehended about an hour and a half later.

The suspect was a passenger in a car that officers stopped as it left a police perimeter, Lewis said. A gun inside the car was recovered.

Lewis told the Santa Monica Mirror the victim was taking part in a charity car wash fundraiser at Wicc Christian Bookstore before she was shot.

Sunset Park resident Monet Melon said she talked to multiple witnesses while dining nearby at Grey Block Pizza.

"A girl next to us said there were shots fired right before we came in. She said she heard five," Melon said. "One guy said he saw a man running, gun in hand, down the alley adjacent to Grey Block's parking lot."

— City News Service contributed to this report.

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Dan Charney December 09, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Wow - the crime is increasing like mad lately around here-- along with hitting of pedestrians - we used to be such a sleepy place- not anymore
Kenneth Rinderhagen Jr December 09, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Not to impress as a related to this event as I have no idea situation pertaning A individual was assailing a women "reason yet to be determined" The women had frantikly asked passibyers for a ride away from the area At this point I am curiouse as to why she did not acuss the assailant her self or call 911 another scenerio would the social group over powering the foul or musconduct of the assailant Which brings to the question Why was there such a did aggrement between the two Was the women some how interduced or come accross the assailant in commision of a crime in which the assailant felt it was necassary to end the womans life to protect his crime ring Perhaps a sex slave operation, drugs or some kind of financial scandels
Brenda Barnes December 09, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Everyone being uncooperative sounds like gangs.
B Chap December 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Bill Fields This is what rent control brings to a community... Just wait until the Metro is finished.
Kenneth Rinderhagen Jr December 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Yea I know what you it’s really said when the social styles get interrupted with violence Tough stages got to appreciate life and better menus to prevent infringements
Valerie Ferguson December 09, 2012 at 05:09 PM
It could also be a domestic situation; but remember no neighborhood is exempt from violence... it can happen any where at any time.
Fred Alexander December 09, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Just think it will start in downtown LA by skid row. Santa Monica needs an icon, I suggested a shopping cart.
Michael S December 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Rent control has been around since 1978 and is in effect in all of Santa Monica. If your right wing talking point were correct this whole city would be a war zone.
mike broxton December 09, 2012 at 07:38 PM
@ Bill Fields... WOW! sounds like you recently moved to the west side or are a developer. This could of happened in any neighborhood, rent control or not. It's sad to see what is going on in that side of Santa Monica, people are getting ripped from their homes that they have been living in for 30+ years to make way for condos . It's getting transformed into one big dorm. It's no longer a community it's just a place to sleep...
John Novaria December 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Why were patrol cars, emergency vehicles and crime scene tape at 7-11, corner Lincoln and Pico for four hours last evening?
Anna Corral December 09, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Really Kenneth, a "Sex slave"? I live right here, I was outside in my yard when the helicopter was over my neighborhood. This is deeper then what the public knows was going on in this area over the weekend. She ran out onto traffic hoping that it would deter his behavior from following or being aggressive in public. Anna Corral.
Brenda Barnes December 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
There certainly is no indication this has anything whatever to do with rent control.
Dan Charney December 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
What rent control brings? We've had it for over 35 years- never used to be like this- do you think rent control brought the art and porsche heist too? Gee- those rent controlled dwellers must be doing well to afford a Jasper Johns- THIS IS WHAT GUNS bring and congestion brings- it brings more people to attack people- this is and always has been a gang area of SM- I'd love to see the gangs out- but it has little to do with the decent renters under rent control- neither do the people crossing the street getting hit by drunks coming from bars- what rent control brings- what an idiot statement of class hatred that is
mathew millen December 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
In the Pico Neighborhood every shooting is adjacent to city developed low income housing projects..with over 100 units of low income housing on 20th st. between pico blvd and delaware ave this is not a surprise.
kristi mccune December 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
How the heck does rent control have anything to do with this? That is just an ignorant statement. The question is how the heck did the person get their hands on a gun in the first place. Until you know more facts you shouldn't make what sounds like a racist remark. Where is the positive in your life.
mathew millen December 09, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Because of the overconcentration of low income housing we have more crime in the Pico Neighborhood and this was studied by the Clinton Administration..HUD published a report that found there was a direct relationship between gun violence and crime in and around low income housing projects....The last Exec.Director of Community Corp of SM would not live next to her own projects, the new Exec Director won't live next to her own projects, the last Head of the Housing Dept would not live next to the projects and the current head of the Housing Dept won't live next to the low income housing projects...
A. Kelley December 09, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I concur.
A. Kelley December 09, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Total backbiting an straight up slander! Stop with the below the belts on our fellow americans with economic hardships and limited means, shakin my head "CIVILITY" Folks
A. Kelley December 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
A woman working at a fundraiser at a Christian bookstore was shot and wounded by a man last night. The incident happened near Wicc Christian Bookstore (not far from Santa Monica College) last night around 5 pm, according to the Santa Monica Mirror. Police told the Mirror that the woman was working at a charity car wash fundraiser before the shooting occurred. At one point, the woman took off running down Pico Boulevard. She flagged down a car with two people in it and asked them to step on it fast, but they weren't quite fast enough: a gunman appeared and sprayed the car with bullets. The bullets wounded the woman, but they didn't hit the driver. The driver made it to Pico and Lincoln, called for help and awaited paramedics. The woman was seriously injured though she is expected to survive. City News Service reports that she's not cooperating with the investigation. Police did find a suspect and a gun within 90 minutes of the shooting and arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder. Because no one is cooperating with the investigation, they're not sure what the motive for the shooting might be. Police are not releasing the suspect's name. www.laist
Brenda Barnes December 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM
What a different set of perceptions and comments a story written like this would have received rather than one written like Jenna's--not her fault, but still, a lesson for the future--based on what the Santa Monica police emphasized.
Jenna Chandler (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Brenda, will you elaborate?
Wendy Frederick December 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Rent control has absolutely nothing to do with it. Why does the subject of rent control always pop up when there is a crime committed? I've lived here for a very long time, and Santa Monica happens to be one of the safer cities to live in. Thank God for rent control. Otherwise, half of us would never be able to live here and enjoy this great city!
Brenda Barnes December 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Wendy, you are so right about rent control so often being wrongly blamed for every bad thing that happens, and many of us being able to live here only because of it. I think it's amazing how people perceive things so differently depending sometimes on pure prejudice, like blaming a bad thing on homeless people when there is no sign in the world whatever it is has anything to do with a homeless person, or here, rent control. My point above is the police did say the woman had been at a charity car wash for a Christian bookstore before it happened, but apparently to them what was more important was the suspect--which makes sense, since they are the police--and no one cooperating in determining whether they had the right guy. So starting with the woman running into the street and police chasing the suspect was the police point of view and made all of us concentrate on that and say whatever we said based on that. How different it would be if we had focused on the victim--she could be a Christian woman from El Monte, since she was at a charity car wash working before it happened, and he could be a random thief trying to take the money. Who knows? None of us. I just saw and was commenting about it to Jenna how many stories come from the police and how our perceptions are changed by that fact. .
Brenda Barnes December 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM
One time in my life I was the co-owner of a car wash in Fontana (funny it just happens to have been a car wash when there was one in this story--totally unrelated to my point), when one day an employee attacked a customer with her own tire iron, put her in her own trunk, and drove away with her. It turned out he went berserk because the woman looked like his ex-wife. (She was traumatized, of course, but she recovered, and he was caught and got psychiatric treatment and then the jail he deserved, but again, that isn't my point either.) Then there was the guy who came into the Albertson's on Wilshire and shot his ex-wife. Blaming the car wash owners or Albertson's or the fact in this story that it happened on Pico and 18th or at a car wash or in Fontana or at a business owned by lawyers or was about men being upset about ex-wives or saying guns or tire irons should be outlawed or focusing on some other irrelevant fact is just wrong, but we do it because we are trying to make sense of a story that was told to us from the police point of view. Now that I did that I am going to work harder at looking at all the facts and seeing the story from some point of view other than the police one before I comment.
Tyrone December 15, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Wow this was a fundraiser for a good friend of mine who was ginned down two weeks ago on LA. It's a shame overall how ignorant of life people are. RIP CASH!!!
Brenda Barnes December 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I followed the links on this and saw the alleged shooter, even though he lived in Colton now, went to Samohi. It should be easy to know whether the gun the police recovered was the same gun, since there were bullets in the victim and the car. I think it is sad that bail is $3.5 million, which means the guy will not be able to defend himself, no matter what the truth is, with so few facts tying him to the crime. It's not that I know any of the people involved, I don't, but it seems like people jump to conclusions they would not jump to if the people weren't from my neighborhood. I also felt attached to the story because the man they were having the car wash for was gunned down near Dorsey High, where I taught when I first came to LA. It is just sad that neighborhoods stay marginal, when we can fix educational and discrimination problems if we really wanted to.

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