A fourth person has died of injuries suffered in a mass shooting at an early morning birthday party at a makeshift Jamaican restaurant in the West Adams area of Los Angeles that also left 11 other people wounded, including two men who were in custody as suspects, police confirmed Monday.
The gunfire erupted about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the area of Rimpau and Jefferson boulevards, where officers responded to a “shots fired” call at a birthday party attended by about 50 adults, said Lt. Chuck Springer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southwest Station.
The party was taking place at a private residence out of which the owner runs a catering business and, on Saturdays, operates an informal Jamaican eatery, authorities said.
Jamaican nationals 33-year-old Mowayne McKay and 25-year-old Deigo Reid were arrested Saturday morning by homicide detectives — Reid at 2:50 a.m. and McKay at 4:50 a.m., sheriff’s inmate records show.
They were found at area hospitals, where they had gone to be treated for gunshot wounds, and were booked on suspicion of murder at the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station. Both were being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Investigators said it appears that a dispute — possibly over a drug deal gone awry — broke out between one man and two others, one of whom produced a handgun and fatally shot him.
Immediately following the first shooting, shots were fired indiscriminately into the crowd, and there appeared to be some return fire from other party guests in the direction of the suspects, who remain at large, according to police.
A total of 15 people were shot — nine males and six females. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced three victims dead at the scene. A fourth victim died at a hospital, said Los Angeles police Officer Irma Mota.
The victims’ names will be released following notification of family members, according to the coroner’s office. Most of the others were treated at a hospital and released.
Detectives from the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division have asked for the public’s help in the investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call detectives David Dilkes or Isidro Soto at (323) 786- 5110.
–City News Service
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