Four persons were shot in front of a residence on 11th Street north of Montana Avenue early Sunday, July 15, and one of the suspects has been arrested and booked for conspiracy and attempted murder. None of the gunshot wounds were life threatening.
After midnight Saturday, at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, July 15, Santa Monica Police officers responded on a call of shots fired to the 400 block of 11th Street, where the officers were contacted by several witnesses who had been attending a party at a residence. “Initial information received indicates that several of the partygoers had gotten into an argument in front of the residence,” said SMPD spokesman Lt. Alex Padilla. “One of these subjects produced a gun and several gunshots were fired.” Both the suspects and victims had left the scene before the police arrived; the suspects were seen fleeing in a silver-colored BMW 5-series car.
While the officers were still at the scene, they were notified that two shooting victims (a man and a woman) had arrived at a local hospital and were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The woman had been shot in the leg and the man had been shot in the forearm and lower torso. A few minutes later, two other shooting victims (both men) arrived at another local hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries; one had been shot in the thigh and the other had been shot in the leg.
SMPD detectives interviewed the witnesses and victims and were able to identify one of the suspects involved in the shooting. This man, Justus Sackett-Michel, 21 years old, of Los Angeles, voluntarily came to the police department, where he was arrested and booked for conspiracy and attempted murder. He was detained at the Santa Monica jail, and his bail was set at $1 million. The BMW automobile in which the suspects fled was recovered.
“This is an ongoing investigation and other suspects are being sought,” said Lt. Padilla. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Santa Monica Police Department at 310.458.8427 (24 hours) or Detectives at 310.458.8451 (M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at 800.78.CRIME (72463).