3 KILLED, 4 IN­JURED IN SHOOT­ING AT CAL­I­FOR­NIA BOWL­ING AL­LEY

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - NATION/WORLD - BY SCOTT FAIN AND SOPHIA ROSENBAUM

TOR­RANCE, Calif. — Three men were fa­tally shot late Fri­day and four in­jured when a brawl at a pop­u­lar Los An­ge­les-area bowl­ing al­ley and karaoke bar erupted into gun­fire that had ter­ri­fied pa­trons, some chil­dren, run­ning for their lives.

Po­lice in the coastal city of Tor­rance re­sponded shortly af­ter mid­night to calls of shots fired at the Gable House Bowl. They found seven peo­ple with gun­shot wounds.

Three men were pro­nounced dead at the scene and two were taken to a hos­pi­tal, Sgt. Ron­ald Har­ris said. Two other men were struck by gun­fire but “opted to seek their own med­i­cal at­ten­tion.”

Au­thor­i­ties have not iden­ti­fied the vic­tims nor sus­pects or re­leased details about what led to the shoot­ing. Wit­nesses said it stemmed from a fight be­tween two large groups.

Wes Ha­mad, a 29-year-old Tor­rance res­i­dent, said he was at the bowl­ing al­ley with his 13-year-old niece and cousin when he saw a “huge fight” break out. Ha­mad said the brawl, which lasted about five min­utes, blocked the en­trance and spi­raled into “com­plete chaos.”

“I grabbed my niece and started run­ning to­ward the far end of the bowl­ing al­ley,” he said. “As we were run­ning, we heard 15 shots.”

As he was leav­ing, Ha­mad said he saw a woman weep­ing over a man who was had gun­shot wounds to his head and neck.

Damone Thomas was in the karaoke sec­tion of the bowl­ing al­ley, a reg­u­lar stop for him and his friends af­ter work on Fri­days, when peo­ple ran in say­ing there was a shoot­ing. The 30-year-old Los An­ge­les res­i­dent said his friend flipped a ta­ble to shield them as they heard gun­shots.

Thomas said he didn’t feel scared be­cause he was “just try­ing to sur­vive.” But when he was driv­ing home, he said he re­al­ized how trau­matic the si­t­u­a­tion was and said he wasn’t been able to fall asleep.

“Clos­ing my eyes, all I can see is the women against the wall cry­ing, not know­ing what to do,” he said.

MAR­CUS YAM/LOS AN­GE­LES TIMES VIA AP

A woman is con­soled on Satur­day out­side the scene of a shoot­ing at the Gable House Bowl in Tor­rance, Calif.

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