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Deadly Shooting Near Santa Monica College

Two suspected gang members were charged with murder and a third man was charged with being an accessory in connection with a shooting near Santa Monica College.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — Two suspected gang members were charged with murder and a third man was charged with being an accessory in connection with a shooting near Santa Monica College, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

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Suspects held in Santa Monica shooting, left to right: Christopher Osumi, Meliton Lopez and Noah Farris. (credit: Santa Monica Police Department)

Christopher Osumi, 19, Meliton Lopez, 23, and Noah Farris, 32, were scheduled to be arraigned at Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday.

Around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Osumi allegedly used a handgun to open fire on two men standing in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue, shooting both victims multiple times, according to a press release from the DA’s office.

Santa Monica resident Gil Verastegui, 29, later died.

The second victim remained hospitalized.

Osumi and Lopez were each charged with murder and attempted murder with gang allegations.

Farris was charged with being an accessory.

The incident followed a shooting rampage in Santa Monica on Friday that left six people dead, including the gunman.

There was no indication that the two incidents were related, police said.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police were searching for a gunman after two people were shot in an alley near Santa Monica College on Tuesday morning.

It happened around 8:25 a.m. at 1520 Michigan Ave., just a few blocks from the campus, according to police.

The victims, both Hispanic men, were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Santa Monica police confirmed one of the victims has died.

The condition of the other man was unknown.

The shooter approached the victims on foot, fired multiple rounds and then fled in a car, police said.

He was described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 pounds, wearing a white shirt with red stripes and blue shorts.

Police were possibly looking for a blue Infiniti with a partial license plate number 5HX-287.

It was too early to determine if the shooting was gang-related, authorities said.

The incident followed a shooting rampage in Santa Monica on Friday that left six people dead, including the gunman.

There was no indication that the two incidents were related, police said.

 

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