Los An­ge­les-area bowl­ing al­ley shoot­ing leaves 3 dead, 4 hurt

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY SCOTT FAIN AND SOPHIA ROSENBAUM

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 pa­trons, in­clud­ing 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 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 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-yearold son Astin Ed­wards was one of those killed. His nephew told him his son was try­ing 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.”

A griev­ing mother told KABC-7 her 28-year-old son, Robert Meekins, was among the vic­tims killed. She said her son was a friend of Astin Ed­wards, and she be­lieved he also tried to help break up the fight.

“They were friends so I know he prob­a­bly jumped in and helped Astin and who­ever he was with … but I don’t think my son de­serves to die,” An­ge­line Hub­bard said.

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.

SCOTT VARLEY Or­ange County Reg­is­ter

Tor­rance po­lice of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gate a fa­tal shoot­ing at the Gable House Bowl in Tor­rance on Satur­day. Po­lice re­sponded around mid­night to calls of shots fired.

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