A man was found with a blunt force injury underneath the Santa Monica Pier Thursday, promoting a homicide investigation, police said.
The man's body was discovered near the water line by a beach maintenance worker at about 6:40 a.m., and police responded to the area.
"Officers immediately noticed that he appeared to suffer trauma to his head, consistent with some sort of blunt object that struck his head," Santa Monica Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez told KTLA.
The man was believed to be in his 30s. No arrests have been made.
The victim was homeless and sleeping at the time of the attack — facts that draw similarities with another case of deadly attacks on the homeless earlier this week, Santa Monica Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez told KTLA.
On Sunday, three people were beaten over the head with baseball bats in downtown L.A. and were all left in critical condition. Two of those victims have since died, Los Angeles police officials confirmed on Thursday.
The suspect in that case, a bow-legged man captured on surveillance video, has been identified as a person of interest in the Santa Monica killing, Rodriguez said.
Santa Monica police are working with LAPD to see if the cases are connected, but according to both agencies the cases are still being handled separately.
"There is some similarities in the fact that they’re homeless, the time of day that it occurred," the lieutenant said. "So we are working very closely with LAPD to see if there are any links."
Robert Vineyard, who lives on the streets in Santa Monica, said unprovoked violence is a danger that unfortunately comes with the way of life.
"It's the Wild West out here, that's what we all call it," he said. "If you're not on point and acting like you can handle yourself, you're going to get worked - man or female - in many ways that a human does not want to get worked."
Police hoped to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident in Santa Monica, or has any information about what happened. Meanwhile, LAPD released video of the suspect in the downtown L.A. attacks on Monday.
The first of those vicious beatings occurred at the northwest corner of Fifth and Flower streets, while the second and third happened on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard, just east of Flower, according to police.
Anyone with information on the Santa Monica incident can call 310-458-8943 or 310-458-8481.