PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have arrested a Santa Monica man in connection with an alleged gang-related shooting in which a woman was hit in the arm as she sat in a car parked at a red light.
Jeremy Emmanuel Gonzalez, 21, was arrested at his home on the 2200 block of Delaware Avenue on April 9 on suspicion of attempted murder, shooting at a vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon and promoting street gang activity, said Sgt. Richard Lewis, spokesman for the Santa Monica Police Department, which announced the arrest in a press release issued Monday.
Gonzalez is being held without bail at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, Calif., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The shooting took place on April 2 at the corner of 20th Street and Delaware Avenue around 8 p.m. Police said a known local gang member was stopped at a red light with two adult passengers when the suspect walked up and opened fire with a handgun. The vehicle sped off and the suspect ran eastbound on Delaware and out of sight, Lewis said.
Initially the suspect was described by witnesses as possibly an African-American male with a mustache.
During the investigation, police learned that a woman had been dropped off at a local hospital with a non-life threatening wound to the shoulder. Investigators went to interview her but she was uncooperative, Lewis said.
As the investigation continued, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect and placed Gonzalez under arrest as he stepped out of his home.
His next court date is set for April 17.