SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – Investigators are trying to piece together the circumstances of a shooting which left a woman wounded and closed the Santa Monica Pier Thursday morning.


Just after 6 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of gunfire to find that a woman had been shot in the leg near Mariasol restaurant. She was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

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“I heard a shot, I saw pigeons fly, and I thought, ‘probably a firecracker,'” Santa Monica resident Dean Kiel told CBS2.

Police remain unclear on whether the shooting was self-inflicted or committed by a suspect. A dive team was searching the coastal waters for any evidence. No gun has been recovered.

Investigators described the victim as being uncooperative regarding the details of the incident.

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“Extremely uncooperative, and provided conflicting statements, very little information as far as our suspects,” Santa Monica police Sgt. Rudy Flores told CBS2. “Only described our suspect as being a male Hispanic, and possibly being accompanied by a female Hispanic.”

“I was down there, where, if anybody ran by, I would have seen them, and I did not see anybody,” Kiel added.

The pier was closed for several hours. It reopened sometime before 11 a.m.

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Investigators are looking for any security cameras in the area that may have caught footage that could provide clarity on the situation.