SANTA MONICA—Officials are currently looking for a gunman who is suspected of shooting a man in the leg near the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, October 16.

The shooting transpired in a parking lot adjacent to the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant in the south end portion of 1550 Lot. Officers received a radio call at 9:58 p.m. about a single gunshot fired. Officials blocked off the pier’s entrance on Ocean Avenue to investigate. Officers were able to ascertain the suspects to be group of Hispanic males, possibly gang members in their early 20s. The incident appears to be a spontaneous gang related encounter. Both parties became involved in a verbal altercation on the pier.

The suspects were last seen leaving the parking lot in a small sedan or smaller SUV. Officers canvassed the area and were unable to locate the suspects.

The victim, who sustained the gunshot wound to his lower leg was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Santa Monica PD wrote in a tweet, “We are investigating a shooting in the 1550 lot of the Santa Monica Pier. Only one victim is involved and that person has been transported to a local hospital w a non life threatening wound to their lower leg. More info to follow. The Pier and the 1550 lot is open.”

Canyon News contacted the Santa Monica Police Department for more information, but did not hear back before print.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects or anyone with information to contact the Robbery/Homicide Division at 310-458-8451 or the Watch Commander at 310-458-8427.

Written By Christianne McCormick and Anita Brown