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August 16, 2021 -- A felon from El Monte and his suspected accomplice were arrested in a shooting that took place Friday night at a Santa Monica liquor store in the Pico Neighborhood.

Jesus Manuel Macias, 36, was arrested after fleeing the scene of the shooting at Eddie’s Liquor, at Pico and 20th, and booked for assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said.

Macias fired "multiple rounds at the victim missing both times," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

Lucero Campos, 26 of El Monte, was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm and aiding and abetting in the shooting.

Both suspects were also booked for endangering the lives of three minors who were inside the vehicle that fled the scene.

Officers responding to a call at around 9:45 p.m. to investigate a shooting learned that the incident stemmed from an argument in the parking lot, police said.

"As the argument escalated," Campos "retrieved a handgun from their car and handed it to Macias.”

After firing at the victim, both suspects fled the scene, Flores said.

Police obtained descriptions from witnesses and eventually located "the fleeing suspect vehicle on the eastbound I-10 freeway," Flores said.

They stopped the vehicle near Sawtelle Boulevard and Matteson Avenue and found both Macias and Campos inside, according to police.

An adult female passenger and three minors were also located inside the vehicle, Flores said.

"Witnesses identified Macias and Campos as the individuals involved in the shooting," he said, adding that a loaded 9mm handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

Eddie's Liquor was the scene of a high-profile slaying in 1998 that capped a bloody 15 days of gang violence in Santa Monica.

The victim, Juan Campos was chased into the liquor store and shot multiple times in what police believe was a retaliation hit. The case remains unsolved.

More recently, a woman sustained a superficial wound when she was struck by a bullet in the parking lot in November 2018 ("Woman Wounded in Shooting at Santa Monica Liquor Store Parking Lot," November 19, 2018).

Anyone with additional information about Friday's incident should call Detective Tavera with the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-2256 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

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