A shooting and stabbing at separate Hollywood venues over the weekend left one person dead and six others injured, authorities said, marring two unofficial parties that were held ahead of the annual BET Awards.
The shooting occurred at Monalizza Restaurant and Banquet located in the 1100 block of North Vermont Avenue around 5:15 a.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“Most of the people, as officers were arriving, were high-tailing it out of there,” said LAPD Sgt. Douglas Bowler. The officers discovered the gunshot victims inside the restaurant.
One person was confirmed dead after being transported to a hospital, and the extent of other injuries was not immediately known, LAPD Sgt. Morrison said.
The shooter was a lone gunman who was not detained, LAPD Officer Drake Madison told the Los Angeles Times.
Hours earlier, about 9 p.m. Saturday, a man was stabbed at Lure Nightclub in the 1400 block of Ivar Avenue, police said.
TMZ video showed a man in his 20s lying on the sidewalk outside the establishment while his friend tried to comfort him and officers stood nearby, apparently waiting for paramedics to arrive.
The incidents occurred during two of several celebrations that were put on this weekend before Sunday’s night’s BET Awards at L.A. Live. However, the CEO of BET Networks said the events at Monalizza and Lure were not affiliated with the awards show.
“There were a couple of other incidents that we heard about in the city last night, at unauthorized parties,” said Debra Lee. “But we just want everyone to know that it had nothing to do with us, and L.A. Live has been in perfect harmony.”