LOS ANGELES-An early morning argument at a Los Angeles restaurant apparently triggered gunfire that left three people dead and 12 wounded, authorities said Saturday. They were looking for at least two more suspects.
The mass shooting was first reported around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of S. Rimpau Boulevard.
He says a man and woman left the building, then returned and the shooting started.
One person has been arrested and police have launched a manhunt for another in connection with the deadly incident in West Adams, in the southwestern part of the metro area, said spokesman Lieutenant Chuck Springer.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is calling the shooting senseless gun violence.
The mayor says "we can not tolerate these tragedies multiplying in communities across America".
"When we got there, there were three people dead and people running everywhere", Preciado says, describing a "bloody scene with shell casings everywhere". Some of the wounded are in critical condition. The genders and ages were not disclosed.
"There was some type of party there", Lopez said.
Moments later, three men left the restaurant, only to return with guns.
'It was a series [of gunshots] first, like really fast, then a pause, nearly like someone reloaded, ' she said.
Frank Preciado tells NBC Los Angeles it was "one of the most horrific crime scenes I've seen in a while".
The Times described the restaurant as a popular Jamaican eatery that features a DJ on Friday night.