Crime & Justice

West LA shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 wounded

An aerial shot of the location of a shooting in West LA this morning
An aerial shot of the location of a shooting in West LA this morning

A shooting in West Los Angeles Wednesday morning left one person dead and two others hospitalized and prompted a local high school to briefly go on lockdown while police investigated. Three people were detained in the investigation, but police said later they were not suspects.


Update 2:28 p.m.: 1 victim dies; 3 people detained weren't suspects

One person has died after a triple shooting early Wednesday in West Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Three people were shot in Mid-City near Alexander Hamilton High School, which was temporarily placed on lockdown as police searched for suspects. All three victims were transported to the hospital, but one succumbed.

Police said the three people who were detained earlier were not suspects, according to the Times:

Police Lt. Randy Goddard said the shootings could be gang related but it was too early to tell. "This is not usual," he said. "This is a safe neighborhood."

Update 1:30 p.m.: 3 people detained in shooting investigation

Los Angeles police raided a home Wednesday and detained three people following a triple shooting that had occurred hours earlier, according to the Los Angeles Times:

The drama played out in the Mid-City area as students from Hamilton High exited school for lunch. Across the street on Kramerwood Place, about 10 officers were huddled behind a patrol car with guns drawn.

The suspects, two women and one man, were detained at about 12:40 p.m., the Times reports.

Update 11:39 a.m.: Hamilton High lockdown lifted

A lockdown at Alexander Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles has been lifted after a shooting nearby left three people hospitalized.

Principal Gary Garcia earlier told KPCC he made the decision as a precaution without being prompted by police and would end the lockdown when the area was clear or suspects were in custody. A receptionist told KPCC the lockdown was over.

Officers were still looking for witnesses late Wednesday morning to help identify a suspect or suspects in the shooting, according to NBC4:

Police described a man wearing dark clothing "carrying a gun and chasing victims through the neighborhood." Aerial video showed several patrol vehicles along Helms Place, just off the 10 Freeway.

After officers later said they were looking for two men, police then said they did not know how many gunmen were on the loose because the victims were "currently not cooperating with police."

10:47 a.m.: West LA shooting leaves 3 in hospital; Hamilton High on lockdown

Los Angeles police are searching for at least one suspect who they say shot three people near the Beverlywood area.

Officer Liliana Preciado said the details are still sketchy but the victims were shot shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday on Helms Avenue and three victims, all reported to be conscious and breathing, were taken to a hospital, according to the Associated Press.

Preciado said the man chased the three people and shot them, AP reports.

According to NBC4, Los Angeles police are searching for two armed men, not one.

The shootings happened at the 8900 block of West Helms Place and again near the 3100 block of South Helms Place, Katherine Main of the L.A. Fire Department told NBC4.

Alexander Hamilton High School, which is nearby, was placed on lockdown.

Principal Gary Garcia told KPCC he took the school into a modified lockdown without any direction from police as a precaution because the suspect was still at large.

Garcia said school police were patrolling the perimeter of the campus and were in contact with Los Angeles police.

He said they were waiting to hear from the LAPD that the area was clear or they had a suspect in custody.

This story has been updated.