Dispute ends with deadly shootout in lobby of East Hollywood hotel

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One man was killed and another was wounded during an early morning dispute that ended in a shootout at the Avenue Hotel in East Hollywood Tuesday.

Police responded to a shots fired call at the hotel located in the 600 block of North Vermont Avenue shortly after midnight.

Responding officers found one man dead on a sidewalk in front of the hotel, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Ryan Rabbett said.

Authorities have not identified the man, but later described him as the suspect in the incident.

A second man, described by investigators as the victim, was found with a gunshot wound inside the hotel and was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.

The shooting was apparently prompted by some type of dispute involving the two men, Rabbett said.

The suspect is believed to have confronted the victim in the hotel when both men pulled out firearms and began shooting, police said. The suspect was killed in the gunfight.

It was unclear if the two men, who were both staying at the hotel, knew each other prior to the altercation.

A hotel manager told KTLA one of the men had gotten angry prior to the shooting and busted out a hotel window.

Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a chair stuck halfway through the smashed window.

At least three people were detained for questioning but were not being called suspects, Rabbett said.

Investigators are searching for surveillance video and witnesses to help with the investigation.

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