Two men arrested on suspicion of murder in a fatal shooting at an unpermitted West Adams restaurant have been released, and the investigation is continuing, authorities said Wednesday.
The shooting occurred early Saturday morning at a birthday party being held at a home in the 2900 block of Rimpau Boulevard. The home is used as a makeshift Jamaican restaurant, police said.
The initial shooter and an associate fled the home on foot, police said.
Mowayne McKay, 33, and Diego Reid, 25, both Jamaican nationals, were booked Sunday morning.
Neither is being charged and the investigation is ongoing, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
McKay was released Tuesday evening, jail records indicate. An inmate record for Reid lists his first name as “Deigo” and shows he was released in the same hour as McKay.
Prosecutors said they need more evidence to consider charges against the men, LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar told the Los Angeles Times. An LAPD captain had earlier told the newspaper that the pair were not believed to be involved in the initial argument and gunfire.
The Times identified the underground restaurant as Dilly’s Kitchen.
A fight at the restaurant led one man to shoot another man, and then “several other shots were fired indiscriminately in the crowd, including some that appeared to be ‘return’ fire from other party-goers in the direction of the suspects,” an LAPD news release stated.
Nine men and six women were struck by gunfire; three people died on scene, including one of the men involved in the initial argument, police said.
A fourth person died later, LAPD confirmed Monday.