A search was underway Monday for the gunman who opened fire on two men — killing one and injuring the other — outside a nightclub in Boyle Heights, authorities said.
The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. in the 2100 block of East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue (map), according to Lt. Carlos Solano of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division.
After hearing an unknown number of gunshots, a security guard inside the El Troquero nightclub walked outside and found a man dead, police said. The victim was apparently shot in the throat, according to Solano.
The L.A. County coroner’s office identified the man as Jesus Manuel Nunez, 22, of Pasadena. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday.
A second man was found shot in the back, and he was later transported to a hospital, Solano said. That 21-year-old victim was listed in critical but stable condition, according to detectives.
The investigation revealed that the two men were walking near the street corner when they had a “verbal confrontation” with the gunman, who then shot both victims, according to an LAPD news release.
A woman who lives in the area said the nightclub has been known for trouble.
“I heard what sounded like four to five shots,” Jennyfer Arboleta said. “Like right after, literally seconds, I heard some guy screaming. He was like, ‘Help me! Help me!’ Nobody wants to go there anymore. This is the second time that there’s been a body close to there.”
Video from the scene showed a handful of people in handcuffs; however, they were considered persons of interest, and no arrests were made, police said.
The shooting was not believed to be gang related, Solano said. The investigation was ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division at (323) 342-8961 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
KTLA’s Wendy Burch contributed to this report.