Wild party bus murder near Santa Monica Pier

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One person has been arrested after a woman was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting near the Santa Monica Pier. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Santa Monica police now say no arrests had been made by midmorning Sunday, as they investigated a deadly fusillade of gunfire between people on two different tour buses near the Santa Monica Pier.

Police asked for public help to find the two or three people who shot and killed one woman, and wounded two others, aboard a bus parked near the Santa Monica Pier.

The shots rang out just before 1 a.m. Saturday at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, the Santa Monica Police Department reported.

A large group of people was in a bus parked along Ocean Avenue, when several people exited and got into an altercation with people who had been in another bus, also parked on Ocean Avenue.

Several suspects fired into the first bus, striking three victims and a fourth person on the street. The suspects jumped over a railing towards the cliff above Pacific Coast Highway, police said.

The bus driver pulled out and drove several blocks to the Santa Monica police headquarters, with three gunshot victims onboard.

The three victims were transported to an area hospital, where one died from a gunshot wound. Two were listed with stable life signs at an area hospital.

A fourth victim suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.

The tunnel linking the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway to Pacific Coast Highway was closed by the California Highway Patrol during the initial search for the suspects. It was reopened at 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

Earlier reports indicated one person was in custody but by midday police said no arrests had been made.

Santa Monica police asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting to call them at (310) 458-8495.

—City News Service

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