According to the LAPD, a preliminary investigation found a party was under way at the restaurant, operating out of a converted home, at 12.30am on Saturday when the argument started. Sources say the crime scene is a popular Jamaican restaurant in a converted house that features a DJ on Friday nights.
Witnesses say a man and woman left the building, then returned and the restaurant erupted in gunfire. There were three fatalities while twelve others were transported to local hospitals, their conditions ranging from critical to stable but serious.
Cops responding to the incident at the makeshift restaurant west of downtown Los Angeles found shell casings and blood, all over the crime scene. Two possible suspects were being questioned.
Calling the incident “the latest example of a senseless gun violence epidemic that causes so much pain and sorrow in our city and across the nation, mayor Eric Garcetti said he was confident police would unravel questions surrounding the shooting, and expressed sympathy for victims’ families.
“We cannot tolerate these tragedies multiplying in communities across America,” Garcetti said.
LAPD officers stake out the crime scene
Authorities have not released the names or ages of the fatalities and injured. The shooting occurred in a residential area of modest homes. Investigators were snapping photographs and scouring the ground in an area that extended over two blocks.
“There was some type of party there,” LAPD officer Mike Lopez said. After the couple left the restaurant and returned, “that’s when the shooting occurred”.
Neighbor Sheryl Cobb said she was awakened by screaming and gunfire, but never left her home for fear of getting caught in a crossfire. “Bullets don’t have names on them,” she said.
Sergeant Frank Preciado said the restaurant was “a bloody scene with shell casings everywhere”. One firearm was recovered.
“The injured are scattered across Los Angeles hospitals.” Preciado said.