Police are searching for two people involved in a shootout that left two men dead and two more in critical condition in North Hollywood Tuesday morning.
The shooting occurred about 11:35 p.m. Monday as a group of six or more people were standing outside the Hesby Apartments near Morrison Street and Klump Avenue.
Witnesses told authorities someone within the group opened fire, causing others to open fire, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Mike Kozak said.
The witnesses said they heard between 12 and 15 shots.
A total of four people were shot in the incident, including one man who died at the scene and another who died after being taken to a local hospital, said Capt. Aaron Ponce.
The two other men wounded in the shooting were hospitalized in critical condition, according to police. One of those men was released from the hospital and was talking to investigators, Detective Meghan Aguilar said.
Two weapons were recovered at the scene, but it was not clear if they belonged to the shooters or the victims.
Police blocked of a two-block radius around the apartment complex for more than 12 hours after the shooting. Authorities were searching for two people, described by Kozak only as black men in their 20s or 30s, believed to be involved in the shooting. They were also looking for more witnesses and any surveillance video related to the shooting.
“Those six men knew each other and then something happened,” Aguilar said.
The community at large was not at risk, Kozak said, stating that the shooting was directed only toward those in the group.
Still, some local residents said such incidents do not usually occur in that area, leaving them startled.
“We’re surprised because nothing like this happens around here," said Joe Sapienza, a nearby resident. "It's kind of a shock to see people getting injured with gun violence.”