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LAPD investigates fatal shootings at nightclub, Thai restaurant

January 29, 2012 |  7:46 am


Los Angeles police were continuing to seek clues Sunday in two high-profile shootings over the weekend.

Police were seeking suspects in the shooting that killed one person and wounded three others at the Mayan nightclub in downtown L.A. early Saturday morning.

The shooting involved members of the 18th Street and Mara Salvatrucha gangs and took place shortly before 3 a.m. near the intersection of Hill Street and Olympic Boulevard, according to police.

Witnesses told police a group of men were arguing outside the club after it closed. Both sides in the dispute were heard calling out gang names. One man retrieved a gun from a car in a nearby parking lot and began firing.

One man was shot in the head and later died at a local hospital. His name was not immediately available. Another man was shot in the leg and transported to a local hospital. Two other victims arrived later at a hospital. Police said none of the victims were cooperative with police.

Detectives found several bullet casings and were looking for video footage of what took place.

“There were dozens of people around when this happened and we’re sure someone knows who the shooter is,” Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division, said in a statement. “In the age of video phones, we hope someone might come forward with video of the shooting, or a description of the car the suspect left in.”

Police are also continuing to investigate a shooting Friday night at the Pink Pepper Thai restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard. The shooting apparently resulted from an argument on the eatery's patio during which a man pulled out a gun and pointed it at a woman, who tried to grab it, police sources said.

During the struggle, the unidentified woman was shot once, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The man was shot twice and was being treated at a local hospital.

No new details have been released about that shooting.


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Photo: Scene outside Pink Pepper restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard after shooting. Credit: KTLA-TV News