1 killed, 11 hurt in melee at party

Los Angeles Times - - Obituaries - Hector Be­cerra and Ruben Vives hector.be­cerra@ latimes.com ruben.vives@latimes.com

Nine peo­ple were shot, one of them fa­tally, and three were stabbed dur­ing a melee at a Boyle Heights party early Satur­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

As they sur­veyed the af­ter­math, po­lice said it was amaz­ing there weren’t more fa­tal­i­ties among the 100-orso guests who paid $10 each for live mu­sic and all the beer they could drink.

“I’ve never seen so many ag­gra­vated as­saults in one scene,” said Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment Capt. Anita Ortega about the fra­cas that broke out as the party was wind­ing down at a house in the 1300 block of Los Pa­los Street.

“We usu­ally get 10 peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured over a week’s pe­riod. But we got more than that in one in­ci­dent. Thank­fully, we only had one homi­cide.”

Steve Lopez, 22, of Los An­ge­les died at the scene. Oth­ers who were shot man­aged to get to one of the three hos­pi­tals in the Boyle Heights area. Ortega said that though some were se­ri­ously in­jured, all were ex­pected to sur­vive.

Var­i­ous shell cas­ings were found at the scene, sug­gest­ing that there was more than one gun and shooter, Ortega said.

One per­son who was at the party but did not want to give his name said he was in the back of the house when he heard about 15 gun­shots. He said that at first he was too scared to come out, but when he did, he saw Lopez ly­ing near the street.

“There was some kind of con­fronta­tion that started with a punch and ended up with shoot­ings and stab­bings,” Ortega said. “We have no sus­pects, but we have good leads. We have lots of wit­nesses, and lots of state­ments to take.”

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