Santa Monica Police Release Photo Of Sunday Driveby Suspect

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013, 4:01:00 PM

Brenton Garen

A male bicyclist was shot Sunday afternoon in the 2900 block of Exposition Boulevard in Santa Monica.
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A male bicyclist was shot Sunday afternoon in the 2900 block of Exposition Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 24-year-old Levy Ernesto Rodriguez who is suspected of shooting a bicyclist three times in the 2900 block of Exposition Boulevard in Santa Monica on Sunday.

Police say this incident is not related to the double shooting Tuesday morning in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said officers responded at approximately 12:50 pm Sunday, locating a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  

“The victim, a 32-year old Hispanic male, was riding his bicycle westbound on Exposition Boulevard, when the suspect drove up alongside and fired several rounds striking him,” Lewis said. “The victim was treated by Paramedics from the Santa Monica Fire Department and transported to a local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries.”

Lewis said investigators responded and through their investigation, they were able to identify the suspect involved in the shooting as Rodriguez.

He is described as a Hispanic male, 6’3”, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Lewis said Rodriguez is a resident of Santa Monica.

“Search warrants were served on this same date and Rodriguez was not located,” Lewis said. “The vehicle believed to be used in the crime, was located and impounded as evidence. Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Rodriguez. A Ramey Warrant has been issued for his arrest.”

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Bambrick at 310.458.8933; Sergeant Ira Rutan at 310.458.8959; or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.

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