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Police Believe Victims Were Targeted in Deadly Valley Restaurant Shooting

Valley Bureau Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, center, talks to the media with Councilmember Paul Krekorian, right, and North Hollywood Area Commanding Officer Justin Eisenberg, left | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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Police officials are calling the deadly Saturday afternoon shooting inside a Valley Village restaurant "an intentional act." Four were killed and two critically injured after shots broke out inside Hot Spot Cafe, a Mediterranean restaurant on Riverside Drive near Colfax Avenue, in what some are calling an Armenian mafia or gang hit.

"This is not a random act of violence," explained Kirk Albanese, the Deputy Chief for the LAPD's Valley Bureau. "This is an intentional act and this is an investigation that will require a great deal of effort on the part of our detectives."

Around 4:40 p.m., a group of people were eating at the restaurant when the incident occurred. Albanese could not confirm details initially reported in the media. "We need to answer [questions] correctly with an investigation that does so with the facts."

Early media reports said a white 30-year-old male, possibly Armenian, walked in with a gun, but a cautious Albanese deflected. "We don't now if it's one or more gunman," he said, citing the large number of bullets expended. Whether the suspect or suspects walked in or were already inside was unknown, he added. No official suspect description has been released.