Early Sunday morning one person was fatally shot and two were injured in a shooting in downtown Los Angeles at The Standard Hotel in "the latest case in a crime uptick that is sweeping through downtown."
Shortly before 2:30 a.m., gunfire erupted by the hotel entrance and struck four people, according to Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department. All four were taken to the hospital, where one person was pronounced dead. As of Sunday night, the Los Angeles County coroner's office had not yet identified the person who was killed.
No arrests have been made and no suspects were identified by police. Law enforcement has no motive for the shooting although witnesses say there was an argument about people being kept out of a party.
A 34-year-old man staying at the hotel said the shooting was immediately preceded by a fight in the lobby near the elevator bank. The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he and two friends were walking away from the elevator area when shots pierced through the hubbub.
“We dropped to the floor,” he said, noting that he heard about three rounds fired.
An employee said that parking lot attendant found a gun in the parking lot Sunday morning.
The Standard released a statement saying: “We are shocked and outraged by the act of violence,” the company said, adding that the shooting was “the latest example of increasing street crime and gun violence in Los Angeles.”
Violent crime in the downtown are was up more than 55% through November 21 compared to the same time frame last year.