On June 11, 2013, at approximately 8:15 a.m. officers from the Santa Monica Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue on the report of several shots fired in the area.
Upon arrival, officers located two victims, each suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the alley to the rear of 1759 15th Street. Paramedics, from the Santa Monica Fire Department responded and transported both victims to a local trauma center, where one of the victims later succumbed to his injuries. He was later identified as Gil Verastegui, a 29 year old Hispanic male and resident of Santa Monica. The second victim remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
Both victims were in the alley behind 1759 15th Street, when a male Hispanic walked up and fired several rounds into both victims, then fled westbound on Michigan to an awaiting vehicle and drove off.
During the course of the investigation, several investigative leads were developed, leading investigators to the 1500 Block of Armacost in West Los Angeles. A short time later, two suspects matching the description given by witnesses were taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot; a third suspect was taken into custody inside a nearby apartment. During the service of a subsequent search warrant, a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered. Suspects arrested are listed below.
Suspect #1: Christopher Chonan Osumi a 19 year old Hispanic male, residing in Los Angeles.
Suspect #2: Meliton Lorenzo Lopez a 23 year old Hispanic male, residing in Los Angeles.
Osumi and Lopez were both booked for 187(a) PC (Murder), 664/187(a) PC (Attempted Murder) and 186.22(a) PC (Criminal Street Gang). Bail for both was set at $1,040,000.00.
Suspect #3: Noah Jason Farris a 32 year old White male, residing in Los Angeles CA. was booked for 32 PC (Accessory to a felony crime), 186.22(a) PC (Participate in a criminal street gang) and 3455(b)(1) PC (Postrelease Community Supervision Revocation). No bail was provided for suspect Farris.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ahn at (310) 458-8452; Sergeant Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.
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