No arrests have been made, but the name of the woman killed in a deadly fusillade of gunfire near two different tour buses at the Santa Monica Pier was released Sunday.
Deommi De La Cruz, 28, of Compton, was killed, Investigator Rudy Molano of the coroner’s office said.
Police Sunday 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 toward 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 De La Cruz 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.
The two groups were not traveling together but some passengers may have known each other, Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez told the Los Angeles Times.
“I did hear that maybe one of the parties may have have recognized them from a previous encounter,” Rodriguez told the newspaper. “Like they’ve known each other from some prior run-in possibly.”
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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