Three people were killed and 12 others were injured in a shooting that broke out at a makeshift Los Angeles restaurant.
Two Jamaican nationals, identified as Mowayne McKay and Diego Reid, have been booked on suspicion of murder. The shooting occurred on Saturday in the 2900 block of Rimpau Street.
Los Angeles Mass Shooting: Suspects taken into custody
According to the Orange County Register, 15 people – including nine men and six women – were shot in the incident. Three were pronounced dead, and 12 others were transported to the hospital. While some remain in critical condition, others suffered minor injuries.
The venue was hosting a birthday party attended by around 50 people when the shooting occurred. The incident occurred as a result of a drug deal gone bad. As reported by NBC Los Angeles, “After the initial man was shot, additional shots were fired into the crowd. The initial shooter and at least one other man ran from the scene.”
Dilly, the owner of the makeshift restaurant, said he has been running a catering business since 2003 in addition to serving food on Saturdays. “People come over and I cook food for them,” Dilly said.
Los Angeles Mass Shooting: ‘We must take action against easy access to firearms’
In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the shooting was “the latest example of a senseless gun violence epidemic that causes so much pain and sorrow in our city and across the nation.”
“Our thoughts are with the families mourning or praying at bedsides today,” Garcetti added. “We must take action against easy access to firearms and the thoughtless, indiscriminate, murderous use of them.”
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the crime rate across the city through July 16 increased by 6.3 percent as compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, property crime experienced an increase of 3.8 percent and violent offenses were up by 15.9 percent.