Brawl at Calif. bowl­ing al­ley leaves 3 shot to death, 4 hurt

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

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 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 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 or sus­pects.

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

Dwayne Ed­wards, 60, of Los An­ge­les, said he re­ceived a call from his nephew that his son Astin Ed­wards, 28, was one of those killed. His nephew told him his son was at­tempt­ing to break up a fight when a gun­man “just started un­load­ing.”

“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, 29, of Tor­rance, 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 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.” In France: Se­cu­rity forces fired tear gas and flash­balls af­ter a peace­ful march through cen­tral Paris turned provoca­tive Satur­day as sev­eral thou­sand pro­test­ers staged the yel­low vest move­ment’s first ac­tion of 2019 to keep up pres­sure on Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron. The protests over fuel taxes be­gan in mid-Novem­ber.

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