Levy Ernesto Rodriguez Sought in Santa Monica Shooting
Updated at the bottom with gang-tie information. First posted at 3:48 p.m.
Levy Ernesto Rodriguez via the SMPD
Yet another shooting, this one on Sunday, has shaken up a Santa Monica community already saddened by Friday's rampage.
Luckily the victim in Sunday afternoon's attack did not sustain life-threatening injuries, cops say. And now they want you to help find the suspect. Because, police say, they know who it is:
Levy Ernesto Rodriguez, a green-eyed 24-year-old described as 6 feet, 3 inches, 190 pounds.
The Santa Monica Police Department states that its officers served search warrants following the attack but that the suspect was nowhere to be found.
A vehicle cops say was used in the crime was impounded.
Here's how the SMPD describes the attack:
On June 9, 2013, at approximately 12:50 p.m., officers responded to the 2900 block of Exposition Boulevard, regarding a shooting that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers located a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, a 32-year old Hispanic male, was riding his bicycle westbound on Exposition Boulevard, when the suspect drove up alongside and fired several rounds striking him.
Police said the Sunday shooting was not related to today's gang-related violence in which one man was killed and another was critically injured.
Anyone who thinks they know where Rodriguez is was asked to call the department at 310-458-8495.
[Update at 4:28 p.m.]: Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department acknowledged this afternoon that both the suspect -- he has the Santa Monica 13 gang's zip code tattooed on his chest -- and the victim are gang members.
But he says today's violence was not a retaliation for Sunday's attack.