J’cans ar­rested in LA shoot­ing that left 3 dead, 12 in­jured

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP): LOS AN­GE­LES po­lice on Sun­day ar­rested two sus­pects in con­nec­tion with a shoot­ing that left three peo­ple dead and 12 wounded at a restau­rant op­er­at­ing out of a con­verted home.

Mowayne McKay, 33, and Diego Reid, 25, both of whom are Ja­maican na­tion­als, were taken into cus­tody early on Sun­day, po­lice said. They were ex­pected to be booked for in­ves­ti­ga­tion of mur­der.

An un­spec­i­fied dis­pute between a man and at least two other men led to gun­fire early on Satur­day dur­ing a birth­day celebration at­tended by about 50 peo­ple in a house that hosts par­ties for peo­ple in the Ja­maican com­mu­nity.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that once the man was shot, sev­eral other shots were fired in­dis­crim­i­nately in the crowd. Some of the shots ap­peared to be re­turn fire from other par­ty­go­ers in the di­rec­tion of the shoot­ers who fled the scene

De­tec­tives be­lieve McKay and Reid opened fire af­ter the ini­tial shoot­ing, and that the gun­fire from the two men, and pos­si­bly oth­ers, left two more men dead and oth­ers wounded.

Po­lice Capt Peter Whit­ting­ham told the Los An­ge­les Times (http://lat.ms/2dlgm11) that ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing video footage, led po­lice to McKay and Reid, who were found and de­tained at hos­pi­tals in the area, where they had sought treat­ment for gun­shot wounds.

Po­lice were still work­ing to iden­tify the de­ceased.

The wounded sus­tained mi­nor to crit­i­cal in­juries. One of them re­mained hos­pi­talised in ex­tremely crit­i­cal con­di­tion on Sun­day.

The restau­rant owner told the Los An­ge­les Times that he runs a Ja­maican ca­ter­ing busi­ness out of the house and was host­ing a birth­day party when the shoot­ing broke out. A man who had gone to the house to ask that a car be moved from his brother’s drive­way told the news­pa­per that there were dozens of peo­ple in the house and yard and that a DJ was play­ing mu­sic.

Shortly af­ter they left, Paul Elen said he heard 15 to 20 shots.

THOUGHT IT WAS FIRE­WORKS

“My brother thought it was fire­works,” Elen said. “I said, ‘No, ain’t no smoke in there. Them ain’t fire­works, them gun­shots.’”

Po­lice who ar­rived at the scene in a work­ing-class neigh­bour­hood dot­ted by tall palm trees found shell cas­ings and blood through­out the house west of down­town Los An­ge­les.

Blair Hamil­ton, 58, who lives a block from the shoot­ing, told the Times that when he came out of his house, he saw an older wo­man with a blood­ied face sit­ting on a curb next to two other women, one of whom also ap­peared to be in­jured. A girl lay on the curb, at­tended by an­other girl.

Some of the wounded were taken by am­bu­lance to hos­pi­tals. Oth­ers drove them­selves, au­thor­i­ties said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a state­ment that he was con­fi­dent that the po­lice would un­ravel ques­tions sur­round­ing the shoot­ing. He ex­pressed sym­pa­thy to the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies.

AP

Los An­ge­les po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors work the scene of a fa­tal shoot­ing in the Cren­shaw Dis­trict neigh­bor­hood of Los An­ge­les on Satur­day.

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