SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) — Police are seeking suspects involved in a party bus shooting in Santa Monica that left one woman dead, and several others wounded.
The shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. Saturday near the Santa Monica Pier on Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
According to Santa Monica police, an altercation occurred between two groups on two different party buses. Suspects aboard the second bus pulled out weapons and opened fire.
A woman, identified as 28-year-old De’Ommie De La Cruz was killed and three victims were treated and transported to a local hospital, authorities said.
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The suspects are described as two to three black males.
De La Cruz’ mother, Tomeikia, spoke to CBS2’s Greg Mills Sunday.
She called her daughter a hero.
“She saved lives and lost hers,” said her mom.
De’Ommie was her oldest child and she said it was keeping in her character that she would try to shield others when gunshots were heard.
“She was trying to help everyone get on the bus,” said Tomeikia. “I’m proud of her that she helped.”
Tomeikia is already coming to terms with how she will explain this to her granddaughter, Desi.
“She’s been saying ‘Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” all day, “Tomeikia said, “I don’t know how we are going to tell her.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Leone (310) 458-8949; Detective Cooper (310) 458-8478; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310)458-8495.