Santa Monica police have made another arrest in the July 15 shooting of four persons in front of a residence in the 400 block of 11th Street (Santa Monica Mirror, July 19-25, 2007). Morgan Neidlinger, a 20-year-old man from Pacific Palisades, has been charged with four counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon; his bail was set at $2 million dollars.
The shootings occurred following an argument involving partygoers on the north side of town; four victims with non-life threatening gunshot wounds checked into local hospitals that night, and a 21-year-old Los Angeles man voluntarily came to the police department and was arrested and booked for conspiracy and attempted murder.
On Friday, July 27, at 5:30 a.m., detectives from the SMPD Office of Criminal Investigations and from the Office of Special Enforcement served search warrants at three different locations in Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica and recovered evidence that may have been used in the July 15 shooting. Several handguns, magazine clips and ammunition were recovered, and information developed as a result of this investigation led to the arrest of Neidlinger at a residence in the 900 block of Cloverdale Avenue in Hollywood.
The search warrants were served in Pacific Palisades at residences located in the 17000 block of Posetano Road and in the 17000 block of Porto Marina Way and in Santa Monica in the 900 block of 6th Street. As of Saturday afternoon, July 28, ballistics tests had not yet determined whether any of the guns recovered with the search warrants were used in the July 15 shootings.
Neidlinger was transported by police to the Santa Monica jail. The first man arrested is Justus Sackett-Michel, 21, of Los Angeles.
“This is an ongoing investigation and other suspect(s) are being sought,” said SMPD spokesman Lt. Alex 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).