LOS ANGELES (CBSLA / AP) – Three people were fatally shot dead early Tuesday at a party attended by hundreds of people in a mansion in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, the authorities said.
Police responded to reports of gunfire around 1:00 a.m. in the closed house on West Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles policeman Mike Chan said.
The three gun victims were taken to hospital in critical or severe condition, and a 35-year-old woman died later, the authorities said. The other two, a woman and a man, were later converted into a stable.
Police have not yet identified any suspects or possible motives, police lieutenant Chris Ramirez said. No arrests were made.
Hours before shots were fired, officials were called to the villa on Mulholland Drive after the neighbors complained. The police asked some people to move double-parked cars, but did not break the meeting, Ramirez said.
Despite the call for noise complaints last night, Ramirez says the laws are difficult to enforce, "especially if it's a private party – it's like we go into your house and tell you what to do." How can I do that, right? "
Legal analyst Steve Meister agreed that law enforcement can only do so much.
"The police are right," he said. "Without an arrest warrant, they would not have been able to enter the home legally without their consent."
At one point, SKY2 footage showed a DJ on a balcony, people crowding around a pool and food truck, and dozens of cars on the long driveway.
Few people at the party wore masks or followed guidelines for social distancing in the midst of the pandemic. To prevent the virus from spreading, the Los Angeles Department of Health has banned parties of all sizes.
When the bars were initially closed due to the pandemic, police said that calls to large, illegal parties in private homes had increased, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In May, officials responded to a house party in Los Angeles with more than 100 people that ended when a party goer accidentally shot himself in the bar.
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