A search was continuing Monday for the killer of a 21 year-old man who was gunned down outside a chic, boutique hotel that has been among the cornerstones of a tourist and nightlife resurgence in downtown Los Angeles.
The shooting, which left three other people wounded, occurred about 2:20 a.m. Sunday at The Standard hotel near Sixth and Flower streets, said Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relation Section.
Thomas Johnson, 21, whose hometown was not known, died at a hospital. The three other victims were hospitalized in stable condition. No arrests have been reported.
The 12-story, 207-room hotel that features a rooftop pool and German beer garden is housed in the former Superior Oil headquarters building and is known for attracting a young — and often “hipster” — crowd to take in the city views and even engage in some spirited competition at a ping-pong lounge.
Although there was no immediate description of a suspect, a party at the hotel may have led to the Sunday morning shooting. Police said the gunfire occurred outside the hotel following a fight involving the suspect and the victims inside the building.
Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times, however, that an argument broke out in the hotel lobby, apparently over some people who had been kept out of a party. The argument escalated, and led to gunfire.
“We dropped to the floor,” the witness told The Times, noting that he heard about three rounds fired. He and his friends fled through the hotel’s rear lobby, then circled back toward the entrance on Flower Street, where they discovered the fight had spilled outside.
“We hit ground again,” the man said. “Everything was like a blur.”
The gunman fled the scene. A hotel employee told the paper a gun was found in a nearby parking lot, and at least two of the shooting victims were found near the hotel elevators.
— City News Service