3 Killed, 3 More Critical Following Shooting at Westlake Neighborhood 4th of July Party

Three people were killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a Fourth of July party in the Westlake neighborhood of Central Los Angeles.

The shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of West 2nd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department commanding officer said during a news conference at the scene.

Responding officers located several gunshot victims down in the front yard.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, the officer said.

Four people were transported to local hospital, where one person later died.

The other three victims were in critical condition, the officer said.

None of the victims have been identified.

Investigators learned the victims were part of a group attending a Fourth of July party in the front yard of the home.

The partygoers were behind a wrought iron gate when two people not attending the celebration approached and got into a confrontation with some members the group, the officer said.

At some point during the confrontation, the two people opened fire on the group.

Comments heard by witnesses during the confrontation “would suggest that this was a gang-related incident,” the officer said.

It did not appear that anyone attending the party returned fire, the officer said.

Investigators are looking at surveillance video and hope to get a description of the vehicle the gunmen fled in.

Authorities did not have a description of the shooters.