Police searched Saturday evening and Sunday morning for a killer who shot to death a man outside the entrance to the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, sending panicked shoppers running for cover.
Videos posted on social media showed people running out of the market.
The shooting in the 300 block of South Hill Street was the latest high-profile shooting in retail spaces on each of the last three days and came just hours after 10 people were killed in what authorities believe is a racially-motivated mass shooting at Buffalo, NY grocery store. Another mass shooting occurred Friday outside an NBA playoff game in Milwaukee and on Thursday three Korean women were shot at a Dallas hair salon.
The man wounded outside Grand Central Market was transported to a hospital, where he later died, Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Cervantes said. The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.
A motive for the shooting was not yet known.
The LAPD set up a perimeter and searched for the shooter. The perimeter was later lifted but the gunman remained on the loose.
Representatives of the market, in a statement, said, “Our market tenants and guests are all safe. While the incident did not take place within Grand Central Market, we will be tightening security and proactively working with proper authorities to further assess the situation.”
Anyone with information on the gunman was asked call the LAPD’s Central Division at 213-486-6606. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.