Authorities sought the public’s help Monday to find the suspects involved in a shooting at a San Pedro park that left two men dead and six other people injured.
The shooting at Peck Park, 560 Western Ave., was reported Sunday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Paramedics transported three men and four women for hospital treatment, and two of the men died, police said. Information was withheld on the identities of the fatally wounded men, one in his 20s and one possibly in his 20s or 30s, pending notification of their relatives, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported.
Another injured man was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle, police said. All six survivors were hospitalized in stable condition, police said.
The LAPD went on a citywide tactical alert after the shooting. The entire park was being treated as a crime scene and was closed for the investigation.
“Multiple guns were discovered at the location and recovered by police as evidence,” police said in a statement late Monday morning. “There is no further description on the firearms as the investigation is still active. There are no suspects in custody and no suspect information.”
LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said the incident began with a dispute between two people near a baseball field in the park.
According to the Los Angeles Times, there were about 500 people in the park at the time of the violence. A softball game was underway and a car show had drawn crowds, but it was not immediately clear if either event was connected to the shooting.
Lola Warrant told the Times she was watching a softball game when the shooting began and she saw people struck by gunfire, including a woman who was bleeding from the elbow and a man shot in the calf.
“They were carrying him. I get up to my car, and the guy’s laid out in front of my car,” Warrant said. “Somebody threw something on his face, and the police officers came, they took it off of his face, checked his vitals and started pumping his chest,” she said.
Gang interventionist Skipp Townsend told the Times violence happens when disagreements aren’t talked out. “You know, instead they pick up guns. So that’s heartbreaking, that we can have peaceful events in this area for, you know, two, three years straight with no incidents, and then one incident like this happens.”
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call LAPD’s South Bureau Homicide Division at 323-786-5113; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.