Shooting At Downtown Standard Leaves One Dead, Three Injured
A shooting outside the Standard Hotel in downtown L.A. early Sunday morning left one person dead, and three people injured, officials said.
NBC L.A. reports that LAPD officers arrived to find three victims suffering from gunshot wounds at the hotel on 6th and Flower Streets after receiving a call around 2:30 a.m. A few minutes later, officers received a call for another shooting victim near Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street, just blocks away from the hotel.
LAPD officials said that an altercation over access to a birthday party in the hotel began between the 10th and 12th floor of the building, and moved down to the lobby and into the hotel's parking lot.
All four victims were taken to a nearby hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The LAPD said a second victim was paralyzed, while the other two victims are listed in stable condition. Hotel employees told the L.A. Times that one of the lobby's glass doors had been shattered, and that at least two of the victims were found behind the lobby's front door by the elevators. One employee said a parking attendant found a handgun about 9 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot nearby.
KTLA reports that the bloodied clothing of one of the victims could be seen just outside the front doors to the Standard, among shattered glass from the lobby doors and shell casings that spread out over the sidewalk.
A couple staying at the hotel told the Times that the sound of gunshots woke them up. "It sounded like heavy machinery falling," he said. Less than a minute later, they heard several gunshots that sounded farther away, before the sirens came.
Alex Bird was at the Standard when the shooting took place, and wrote his account of the events in a Facebook post:
I came out of the Standard Hotel and said goodbye to my friends. When I turned the corner I came out to the front of the building in search of a cab when four men came out of the same building in a bad mood. As I walked across the fresh green light and away from them, eight incredibly loud gun shots about tore my ear off as the sole of my shoe hit the curb. I saw the flashes blowing up exactly where I had been standing. I ran. Everyone ran. About twenty others. I ran really fast and into the nearest hiding place, which was a half closed/still closing garage door of a parking structure. I slid under that and listened as another ten gunshots were fired.
Police say there is no suspect description at this time.