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3 Dead, 4 Injured At Early Morning Shooting In The Benedict Canyon Area

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Authorities are investigating a shooting overnight in the Benedict Canyon area that killed three people and wounded four others.
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Authorities are still looking for the person responsible for shooting seven people, killing three women and injuring four others early Saturday morning in the Beverly Crest neighborhood west of Beverly Hills.

What we know so far

The L.A. Fire Department responded to the shooting at 2:35 a.m. on the 2700 block of Ellison Drive off of Oak Pass Road. Police and fire officials said multiple 911 calls reported the shooting.

Three people found in a vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. The L.A. County Coroner's office identified them Sunday as:

  • Iyana Hutton, 33 of Chicago, Illinois
  • Nenah Davis, 29 of Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • Destiny Sims, 26 of Buckeye, Arizona
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Authorities said two people are in critical condition, two more are hospitalized but stable.
LAPD officials said early on that it was not a situation involving an active shooter. Investigators said Sunday they have not determined a motive.

L.A. mayor reacts

Karen Bass said in an interview with our newsroom Saturday that she was informed the people killed were visiting Los Angeles, which was confirmed Sunday with the release of their identities.

"I don't know the circumstances of what happened," Bass said, "but what I do know is that there was a tremendous loss of life."

The backstory

Although the circumstances of the shooting are not yet clear, there have been previous incidents of fatal shootings taking place during house parties at homes rented in that neighborhood, which has many upscale residences.

LAPD officials have confirmed that the property where the shootings took place is a “short term rental.” Investigators are interviewing other people staying at the residence, as well as neighbors. They are also seeking any surveillance video in the area that could aid the investigation.

The context

This latest shooting took place just a week after 11 people were killed and nine injured in a mass shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park.

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Corrected January 28, 2023 at 10:57 AM PST
An earlier version of the headline incorrectly gave the date as Sunday.
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