A suspect has been arrested in connection with a Sept. 6 road-rage shooting in Santa Monica.

Eliott Ferrando, 24, was arrested at his Los Angeles home on Sept. 21 for attempted murder and was being held on a million dollars bail.

Ferrando was taken into custody after SMPD officers served a search warrant on the 11800 block of Ocean Park Blvd., just outside city limits

Ferrando is due in court on Thursday morning but was arrested on suspicion of involvement with a shooting that occurred on Sept. 6 near Yorkshire and Pico.

At that time, officers were called to the area for simultaneous reports of shots fired and a traffic accident.

When officers arrived on scene, both the suspect and suspect vehicle were gone. However, officers met with a victim and witnesses who reported the suspect rammed the victim’s car from behind in a possible road rage incident. The victims exited their vehicle and while attempting to flee were targeted by the suspect who fired several gunshots at them. One of the victims received a grazing wound to his knee and was transported to a local hospital.

SMPD said additional details about the investigation would be released following Ferrando’s court appearance. However, video of the arrest shows SMPD using its armored vehicle and remote controlled robot during the incident.

Sergeant Erika Aklufi said SMPD protocol is to use all its available resources when dealing with a suspect who could become violent.

“We’re using all our tools because he is armed and dangerous, that would be our protocol for executing a high risk warrant like that,” she said.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident or individual is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Haro with the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-2256 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.


Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...