No arrests in party bus shooting that left woman dead near Santa Monica Pier


The incident began when several occupants of a party bus parked on Ocean Avenue exited the bus and got into an altercation with another group from another bus parked nearby, police said. A short time later, several armed suspects fired multiple time

The fatal shooting of a young mother on a party bus near the Santa Monica Pier remained unsolved Sunday with police continuing to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying the perpetrators.

The victim, De’Ommie De La Cruz, 28, of Compton, was shot dead early Saturday morning after a dispute broke out between passengers of two buses parked along Ocean Avenue near Colorado Avenue, according to authorities.

Two or three men fired guns into De La Cruz’s bus and then fled, Santa Monica police said. Three other passengers were injured.

The two groups were not traveling together, but some passengers may have known each other, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez.


“I did hear that maybe one of the parties may have recognized them from a previous encounter,” Rodriguez said. “Like they’ve known each other from some prior run-in possibly.”

De La Cruz’s mother wrote on a gofundme page seeking “assistance both emotional and financial” that her daughter left behind a 2-year-old.

“I have heard many times that bullets have no names and that tomorrow is never promised but never has this been more real to me than today,” wrote Tomiekia Falconer-De La Cruz.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Det. Leone at (310) 458-8949, Det. Cooper at (310) 458-8478, or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.