Man Killed, Others Hurt in 2nd Shooting Within 30 Hours Outside a House Party in Hacienda Heights: LASD

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Authorities are investigating Monday after a man was killed and two other people were injured near a party at a Hacienda Heights home they believe was rented through Airbnb. It’s the second shooting that happened outside a house party in less than 30 hours in the suburban community in the San Gabriel Valley.

Gunfire broke out at around 1:33 a.m. Monday in the 1700 block of Vallecito Drive, a residential street in Hacienda Heights, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

It appeared that one man was struck and killed outside, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Department initially thought he had been inside a vehicle when he was hit.

Deputies described the victim as a 33-year-old man, but coroner’s officials could not confirm the deceased’s identity Monday evening.

A woman in a car suffered minor injuries from glass debris, Lt. James Long told KTLA.

In the same area, another woman was shot in the arm, Long said. Authorities believe the two women are in their 20s.

Lt. Charles Calderaro said officers responded to the scene after receiving a call about a fight and a gunshot victim. Somebody previously reported loud noise coming from a house party at the location, but the party apparently continued, Calderaro added.

The home was possibly rented through Airbnb for the night, officials said.

Two to three male occupants of a dark-colored sedan might have been responsible for the shooting, according to the Sheriff’s Department. It’s unclear whether or not it was a drive-by shooting, the agency said. Evidence suggested a handgun was used, but no weapon was recovered at the scene, officials said.

Philip Trujillo said he was with his dog in his front yard when he heard about 20 to 25 shots from what sounded like an AK-47.

He saw people scrambling to leave before he grabbed his pet and went into his garage, Trujillo said. He later saw a man on the ground bleeding in the upper torso.

He said the Airbnb rental where the party was happening is located on Turbull Canyon, but since people could not park there, they typically end up parking on Vallecito Drive.

“Every Friday, Saturday night, we’ve got cars filling the streets,” Trujillo told KTLA. “Usually, they’re just dropping their beer cans and leaving, and that’s that. Now it’s been a shooting and my neighbor is dead.”

What prompted the attack remained under investigation.

On Saturday night, about 2 miles east, another shooting occurred outside a party at a Hacienda Heights home. That drive-by shooting left a 15-year-old in critical condition and two other teenagers with injuries that were not life-threatening, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities have not announced an arrest in either incident, but they don’t believe the two shootings were related. The Sheriff’s Department could not confirm an uptick of crime in Hacienda Heights.




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