15 victims after mass shooting during party in Los Angeles
PUBLISHED Sat, October 15, 2016 - 9:02am EDT
At least 15 people have been shot, 3 of them fatally, after a mass shooting during a house party in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. A woman is in custody but police are looking for two additional suspects.
The incident happened at 12:30 a.m. PT on Saturday when police responded to numerous calls of a shooting in the 2900 block of Rimpau Boulevard, which is located in South Los Angeles. Upon arrival, officers located multiple victims.
Sgt. Frank Preciado, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said several people had left the party after some sort of argument took place. "Three individuals returned with handguns and there was a gunfire exchange," he said.
Three people were killed and at least 12 others have been injured, Sgt. Preciado said, though the numbers were still preliminary because some of the victims were transported to hospital by private vehicles. Several of those injured were reported to be in critical condition.
At least 50 people were attending the party, which was taking place at an unlicensed makeshift restaurant to celebrate a birthday.
"We currently have lead detectives here, they are canvassing the area, looking for additional information and speaking to witnesses," said Sgt. Preciado, who added that a handgun and numerous shell casings were recovered at the scene.
Sgt. Preciado said a woman, described as a person of interest who may have been one of the shooters, was among those injured and is being interviewed by detectives. Two additional suspects are being sought, but there was no immediate word on their identities.
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