Gang Violence Kills Two In Santa Monica

Gang Violence Kills Two In Santa Monica
Deaths Are The Fifth In City In Two Weeks

clothing storeSANTA MONICA, Calif., Posted 6:45 a.m. October 28, 1998 — Police in Santa Monica are looking for suspects following another fatal shooting in the normally calm beach community.

Two men were killed and two others wounded during a shooting at a clothing store (pictured) on Lincoln Boulevard Tuesday afternoon. The shooting deaths are the fifth in the city in a mere two week period.

The latest shooting is believed to be gang related, said CBS 2 News reporter Mary Grady. The victims’ names were not immediately released.

The two men who were killed — ages 18 and 27 — were reportedly visiting the store’s owner. The injured men, ages 26 and 21, were taken to a local hospital. Their conditions were unknown.

clothing storeWitnesses said about 15 shots were fired in the Westside Clothing store around 12:15 p.m., said Grady. Several men were seen running from the shop after the gunfire.

Police investigators went through the shop with a fine-toothed comb, searching for evidence. At least one handgun was recovered but it wasn’t known to whom it belonged.

Tuesday’s attack follows three other fatal shootings in Santa Monica in the past two weeks. The first was on Oct. 12 when German tourist Horst Fietze, 50, was shot during a robbery near the beach.

Nearly a week later, alleged gang member Omar Sevilla, 22, of Culver City was killed, said Grady. Juan Martin Campos, 28, an alleged associate of a Santa Monica gang and a Santa Monica city employee, was killed several days later in apparent retaliation for Sevilla’s death.

From our archives:

Oct. 27, 1998: Two Killed In 5th Santa Monica Shooting

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