4 Dead in Valley Village Restaurant Shooting [Updated]
A shooting inside a Valley Village restaurant left four people dead this afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a group of men were eating at the Hot Spot Cafe at 11651 Riverside Drive when shots were fired, hitting at six people. Police say three died inside and one reportedly died in transport or at the hospital [Update, 9:59 p.m.: Police are now officially confirming that the fourth victim died at the hospital. The other two are in critical but stable condition].
"We have a very complex investigation that we are involved in right now," Deputy Chief Kirk J. Albanese said, explaining that the incident appears to be isolated. "We don't believe we have a crazed gunman running around the streets right now looking to shoot other people. We don't have any information to believe that."
Albanese, however, added: "Anytime we have a shooting at an eatery in broad daylight, we all need to be worried."
Matt Edwards, a neighbor who heard the gunshots, said he immediately knew it happened at the Mediterranean eatery. "The place is so shady," he explained. "It opened like five years ago... I went in there to get something to eat and they didn't even know what they were doing making the food."