Los Angeles police officers responded to the 6100 block of W. Afton Place around 10:10 p.m. Sunday after hearing “numerous shots fired,” the department said in a statement.
About 30 to 40 people were celebrating Mother’s Day at the house party across the street from Gower Sunset Studios when the suspects opened fire. One of the guests at the gathering fired back at the gunmen, authorities say.
Officers found four men — ages 29, 34, 35 and 50 — suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene, and three others were transported to local hospitals, including one who remained in critical condition Monday morning. Police say most of the victims belong to the same family.
The identity of the deceased victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin, police say.
The suspects fled on foot and remain at large, according to police. A motive is unclear.
“The most egregious thing you can do – indiscriminate fire into any kind of party,” said LAPD Lt. John Radtke. ‘We’re very fortunate in many of these incidents that we don’t have little kids of babies being killed inside a residence. So as bad as this is, unfortunately, it could be worse.”
Police say the crowd become unruly and most witnesses left without providing any information to police. It is unclear if the shooting is gang related, police say.
At 12:40 a.m. a tweet from the LAPD Hollywood Division noted that streets would remain closed in the area of Afton Place near Gower Street while the shooting investigation was underway.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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