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Jamaican Nationals Arrested In West Adams Shooting Have Been Released

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Two Jamaican nationals who were arrested in connection with a deadly gunfight in West Adams have been released with no charges filed.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning during a birthday party at Dilly's restaurant, a DIY Jamaican eatery located in a home in the 2900 block of Rimpau Blvd. in South L.A. Two men got into a fight with another man, allegedly over a drug deal, and ultimately shot and killed him. A gunfight then broke out between those men and friends of the victim. In total, three men were killed at the scene, and nine men and three women were wounded. A fourth man later died at a hospital.

Two Jamaican nationals—Mowayne McKay, 33, and Diego Reid, 25—were arrested on Sunday morning. At the time, both men were expected to be booked on murder charges. Yet on Tuesday night, they were released without bail, and no charges have been filed, ABC 7 reports.

According to the L.A. Times, McKay and Reid were arrested after they showed up at a hospital, suffering from gunshot wounds and seeking help. After reviewing video and witness accounts from the scene of the shooting, the men were arrested. Police did not believe that it was McKay and Reid who started the fight when they arrested them. Their alleged role, if any, is unclear. The men who first opened fire are still at large.

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Dilly's Restaurant is not a permitted restaurant, but it is quite popular. The eponymous chef grew up in Jamaica where he drove a cab for nearly three decades before moving to the U.S. in 1994. He doesn't have a formal menu, but typically serves up several Jamaican dishes on the weekends. He says this is the second shooting to occur at his home, and now he intends to sell the house and return to Jamaica.

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