LAPD homicide detectives continue to search for information as to why Manuel Santizo was shot and killed while riding his bike earlier this month on the western edge of Silver Lake. Police have said the shooting on the evening of Sunday, April 17 near Hoover Street and Del Mar Avenue was gang related. But detectives have not ruled out other motives, including road rage, said P.J. Morris, homicide detective with the Northeast Division. In addition, while the suspects are believed to be gang members, officers have found no evidence that Santizo had gang connections. “There is no indication that Manuel was a gang member. Nothing, nothing at all,” Morris said.
However, Morris noted that detectives are trying to find out more about Santizo and what he was doing shortly before a vehicle bumped his bike from behind, knocking him to the ground. The occupants of the vehicle then opened fire, hitting Santizo multiple times as he lay on the ground. Santizo, who lives near the site of the shooting, was headed home but it was not clear where he had been. His family said it was the first time the 28-year-old had ridden his bike in several months.
Dectectives are also sorting through rumors and other pieces of info. Some persons have said Santizo had been involved in a verbal argument several blocks away and that he was being followed. “But we have not proven that,” Morris said. Also, Morris is puzzled by the fact that the shooters took the time to run down Santizo’s bike before opening fire. In most drive-by shootings, the suspects waste no time in firing their weapons and then fleeing from the scene. “It’s not indicative of a [typical] gang, drive-by shooting,” Morris said.
R.I.P. Manny Santizo. The Eastsider
Persons with any information about Santizo’s shooting can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).