The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is searching for a pair of suspects who opened fire on a victim after a robbery. 

According to SMPD, the incident occurred on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. on the 2600 block of 34th Street. 

The victim was parked when a black sedan stopped in front of him. The suspect exited the passenger side of his vehicle, pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s cellphone and wallet. 

The suspect returned to his vehicle and fled but the victim followed behind the suspects.

“While traveling eastbound on Pico Blvd the suspect leaned out the passenger side window and fired multiple rounds at the victim,” said Lt. Rudy Flores. “The victim continued to follow until the suspects were last seen driving eastbound on the I-10 freeway on-ramp at Centinela Ave.”

Lt. Flores said the department does not recommend following suspects in the event of a crime. 

“It is important that we remind our community that we do not encourage anyone to endanger themselves further by  trying to follow or chase a suspect involved in a serious  crime,” he said. “We ask that they focus on being a good witness and try to obtain a detailed description of the vehicle and parties involved then immediately contacting the police for assistance.”

The suspect vehicle is described as a black Nissan Versa (or similar) four door sedan with dark tinted windows, black and chrome wheels.

The suspect is a White or Hispanic man in his late twenties with straight shoulder-length brown hair, brown or grey eyes, wearing a hoodie and a black bandana that covered the lower half of his face. 

Anyone with any information is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Tavera at 310-458-2256 or the Watch Commander at 310-458-8426.