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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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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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