A manhunt was underway Tuesday for an assailant who shot and fatally wounded a 28-year-old man outside a restaurant at the Westfield Century City mall.

Officers responded to the shopping center, located in the 10200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, about 10:25 p.m. Monday and found the victim suffering from several gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police said two groups of about 10 people each began arguing inside Javier’s, a busy restaurant/bar, and the altercation spilled outside. At some point, the unidentified gunman pulled out a weapon and shot the victim, according to LAPD Detective John Radke, who told KNX 1070 Newsradio that investigators tracked a “blood trail through the mall.”

“There was some sort of verbal altercation that escalated to some females having a fight that later spilled out — outside the restaurant — to possibly some men having a fight,” Radke said. “And then, at one point, a member of that group armed himself with a firearm and he chased the victim around the outside of the mall and shot him multiple times.”

The gunman was described as black, about 25-30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds, according to police, who said he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans when last seen.

Police said some of the people in the groups involved in the argument cooperated with police, but others did not. Radke noted there were a lot of people in the vicinity at the time of the shooting, and he asked anyone with information to call 877-LAPD-247.

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