3 Charged In Santa Monica Shooting
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Two reputed gang members were charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder and a third man was charged with being an accessory in connection with a shooting near Santa Monica College, the District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Christopher Chonan Osumi, 19, Meliton Lorenzo Lopez, 23, and 32-year-old Noah Jason Farris, are set to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Superior Court.
Around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Osumi allegedly opened fire on two men standing in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. Both men were shot several times and Santa Monica resident Gil Verastegui, 29, later died. The second victim remains hospitalized.
Osumi and Lopez are charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder with gang allegations. The complaint alleges Osumi personally discharged a handgun. Farris is charged with being an accessory.
Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $3 million each for Osumi and Lopez and $500,000 for Farris.
If convicted, Osumi and Lopez face up to life in state prison. Farris faces up to seven years in state prison.