3 dead af­ter shoot­ing in L.A.-area bowl­ing al­ley

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Nation - BY SCOTT FAIN AND SOPHIA ROSENBAUM As­so­ci­ated Press

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, which of­fers bowl­ing, laser tag and an ar­cade. They found se- ven 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 or sus­pects or re­leased details about what led to the shoot­ing.

But wit­nesses said it stemmed from a fight be­tween two large groups.

Dwayne Ed­wards, 60, of Los An­ge­les, said he re­ceived a call from his nephew that his 28-year-old son Astin Ed­wards was one of those killed.

“I’m think­ing this is a dream and I’ll wake up,” Ed­wards told the Or­ange County Reg­is­ter. “He was a good kid. I don’t un­der­stand it.”

Wes Ha­mad, a 29-yearold Tor­rance res­i­dent, 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 al- ley,” he said. “As we were run­ning, we heard 15 shots.”

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 30year-old Los An­ge­les res­i­dent said his friend flipped a ta­ble to shield them as they heard gun­shots.

Thomas and Ha­mad said they had never wit­nessed any vi­o­lence there in the past, but Ha­mad said he had stopped go­ing for a while be­cause he heard some­one with a gun was re­cently seen there.

WALLY SKALIJ Los An­ge­les Times

A woman is helped to her feet out­side the Gable House Bowl in Tor­rance, Calif., on Satur­day.

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