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Man fatally shot near park in Santa Monica

November 3, 2009 | 11:14 pm
A man was shot and killed tonight near a park in Santa Monica, police said.

The shooting was reported at 8:58 p.m. near Pico Boulevard and 20th Street by Virginia Park, police said.

The victim "was just hanging out by the park," said Lt. Mohamed Marhaba of the Santa Monica Police Department.

The park is in the city's Pico neighborhood, which has been the scene of several gang-related shootings in recent years.

Police had set up a perimeter around the park and were searching for a suspect. One person was detained for questioning. "We don't know if he's a suspect," Marhaba said.

Details on the victim and the circumstances of the killing were not available tonight.

-- Robert J. Lopez