VENICE- Three people were arrested in connection to the attempted murder of a homeless man on the Venice Beach Boardwalk late last month, according to a report on KTLA.
The shooting took place around 4:30 a.m. on April 28 near the 600 block of Ocean Front Walk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Venice Beach Boardwalk - Wednesday April 28, 2021 4:26am - a 23 year old man is shot near one of the encampments lining the boardwalk. The shooter is still at large. Contact LAPD if you have any information about the shooting 1-877-LAPD 24-7 pic.twitter.com/B35GLGGWjx— Venice Beach Boardwalk (@BoardwalkVenice) April 30, 2021
The shooter approached the victim, identified only as a homeless man, aimed a a semi-automatic handgun at him and shot three times, LAPD said. As the victim crawled away, the suspect shot at him a fourth time, according to KTLA and aeye witness reports.
Police say the shooter and two people got into a jeep and fled the area. About 15 minutes after they fled the scene, the jeep caught on fire at the 1200 block of Palms Avenue, according to the report. It was later determined the jeep was intentionally set on fire, according to KTLA.
SECOND UPDATE: After the alleged gang related shooting on the boardwalk, Reynolds and 2 accomplices fled in a stolen 2020 Jeep Compass and proceeded to set it on fire in an alley near the 1200 block of Palms Boulevard around 4:45am. The suspects were seen fleeing from the fire. pic.twitter.com/ErqKUAQN9i— Venice Beach Boardwalk (@BoardwalkVenice) May 22, 2021
During this time, the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Investigators identified the suspects in the shooting as Nichalous Reynolds, a 33-year-old of Los Angeles, Blanca Marcela Lopez, a 31-year-old of Inglewood, and Amber Manchel, a 27-year-old of Los Angeles.
Investigators arrested Manchel in Venice, and Reynolds and Lopez in Inglewood. During Reynolds’ arrest, detectives discovered a rifle, ammunition and “other evidence,” LAPD said.
Detectives said they believe the shooting was gang related.
On Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Reynolds with one count each of attempted murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm, arson, ignition of a destructive device, and driving without the owner’s consent, according to KTLA.
Lopez and Manchel were each charged with one count of accessory to attempted murder.