Another shooting has happened, this time in downtown Los Angeles early this morning. According to KTLA this morning, four people were shot near an upscale hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Three of the four people were wounded, and the fourth person died. Police said the shooting took place about 2:40 a.m. in the 500 block of South Flower Street near the Standard Hotel. The initial report was that three people were shot, two of them were at the scene of the shooting, the third victim was found 10 blocks away, the fourth victim’s location and identity were not disclosed. All four people were taken to local hospitals. One person, a 21-year-old male, died at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. None of the four victims have been identified. The surviving three were listed in serious but stable condition by hospital staff.
Witnesses thought at least two of the victims were hotel guests but police could not confirm that, as of the time of this article, no one has been arrested in connection to the shooting. In a story by the Los Angeles Times, Rosario Herrera, an LAPD spokeswoman, said the four people were shot at about 2:20 a.m. A couple who was staying at the hospital said they were wakened by loud popping sounds.
“It sounded like heavy machinery falling.”
They said that, about 30 seconds later, more gunshots were heard but farther away from the hotel and then they heard sirens. Employees of the hotel said that two victims were found by the elevators, which are behind the front door of the lobby, where one of the glass doors had been shattered. Also a handgun was found by a parking attendant about 9 a.m this morning in a nearby parking lot. The gun is believed by authorities to have been used in the shooting. Updated news stories today have not brought any new information, police say that they hope the surveillance cameras can provide some answers according to LAPD Officer Donald Graham.
“They’re going to be in there watching video so that they can piece together what occurred and possibly get some suspect descriptions.”
All that is known at this time is that some kind of altercation took place early this morning which resulted in shots being fired and the four people getting shot. NBC News Los Angeles reported that the four people were shot because of a fight over admittance to a birthday party. Investigators said the fight began between the 10th and 12th floors and moved to the lobby and into the parking lot where the shootings occurred. No descriptions of the shooter or shooters has yet been determined.
The hotel was temporarily closed but opened before 10 a.m. this morning. The Standard Hotel is a celebrity “hot spot” and has been the scene of many films and TV productions, TV shows that has been filmed there are Entourage and Bones. Movies filmed at the Standard include Collateral with Tom Cruise and Get Him to the Greek.
A FaceBook post on the Standard’s FB page shows the interior of the upscale hotel.
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times released a story after this article was published last night that gave some more information on the case although the shooter(s) still have not been identified, nor have the victims been named. The hotel management, Standard International Management, released a company statement that said they were cooperating with law enforcement. “We are shocked and outraged by the act of violence,” the company said, and added that the shooting was “the latest example of increasing street crime and gun violence in Los Angeles.”
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