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Santa Monica Police Investigating Bullet Shells Found

Reports of shots fired Monday morning

By Sam Catanzaro

Santa Monica police are investigating reports of shots fired and bullet shells found Monday morning shutting down Pico Boulevard near Santa Monica High School.

According to Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Lt. Joseph Cortez, police responded Monday morning at 3:08 a.m. to reports of shots fired on the 400 block of Pico Boulevard.

Cortez says police arrived and found no victims and nobody in the area.

While canvassing the area on foot, officers found three bullet shell casings in the westbound lane of Pico Boulevard and shut down the street.

According to the SMPD, no strike marks were discovered in the investigation.

The incident took place right near the campus of Santa Monica High School and Cortez says a school resource officer was notified of the incident.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) says it received information regarding the street closures prior to the opening of school this morning and messaged all Samohi families and staff regarding the closure.

“We were informed by SMPD that the area was safe,” SMMUSD wrote in an email. “We are in the process of learning more about the incident and notification timeline by SMPD.”

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