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Morning Brief: Shooting In San Bernardino, An Alleged Slumlord, And Angelyne

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San Bernardino police are investigating a shooting that left eight wounded and one person dead.
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Good morning, L.A. It’s May 23.

Last week, NPR reported that there had been 198 mass shootings so far this year. Now, we can add one more in the L.A. area: on Sunday, one person was killed and eight were injured when a confrontation between at least two people led to an exchange of gunfire at Tha Blue Flame hookah lounge in San Bernardino County.

The shooting happened just before midnight. San Bernardino police said in a statement that they believe a fight began inside the lounge that escalated out of control.

"Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear that the victims were intentionally targeted,” said Sgt. Equino Thomas.

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The person killed was Allen Gresham, Jr., 20 of San Bernardino. He was found in the parking lot with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. The eight people wounded didn’t sustain life-threatening injuries.

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This shooting comes on the heels of a gunman opening fire on a Taiwanese American congregation at a church in Laguna Woods last Sunday, killing one man and injuring five other people. Dr. John Cheng lost his life charging the gunman in what officials and community members have called an act of heroism.

This past Saturday morning, just hours before the shooting at the hookah lounge, members of the Orange County Taiwanese American community gathered to address the media, remember the victims and simply come together as a community.

Peggy Huang, a Yorba Linda councilmember, told reporters that although it has been “a difficult time,” the community “stand[s] united against hate." And Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church Reverend Albany Lee offered this prayer:

“We are running out of words to express our feelings, please help us not to give in to the evils but to transcend our fear and anger with your unending love.”

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.

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Before You Go ... 'Angelyne' No Longer Has The Support Of Angelyne

Emmy Rossum plays Angelyne, with big blond hair and heart-shaped sunglasses, wearing a red dress. Behind her is a pink Corvette.
Emmy Rossum as Angelyne in Peacock's new series.
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Angelyne left a mark on L.A. with her splashy billboards, pink Corvette and singular style. Despite her high profile, though, the billboard queen has been notoriously private about her personal life. Now, after signing off on a scripted program about her life, Angelyne reportedly turned on the Peacock production.

“She’s a rebel, and she does what feels right for her, and we respect that,” Angelyne star and executive producer Emmy Rossum told LAist. “I think the show is a real love letter to her — I hope she knows that.”

Read the story here.

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