At least three people have been killed and four injured in the second mass shooting to erupt in Los Angeles County in eight days and the sixth in California this month, according to police.
The latest shooting occurred at the weekend in the upscale Beverly Crest neighbourhood of Los Angeles, bordering Beverly Hills.
A senior LAPD source told ABC News that the three people killed were found in a car outside of the rental home. The two wounded individuals were found nearby and two others were taken to area hospitals in private vehicles, police said.
A spokesperson for the LAPD, Sgt. Bruce Borihanh said at a news conference that the shooting occurred in front of the rental home.
Two of the injured victims were in critical condition, police said while no arrests were immediately announced.
Borihanh said investigators were trying to determine if the shooting occurred during a party at the rental house.
A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
The Beverly Crest episode came just eight days after a January 21 mass shooting in the Los Angeles County city of Monterey Park, where 12 people were fatally shot at a dance studio allegedly by a 72-year-old man, who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound when police cornered him in a van in Torrance, California.
The two Los Angeles County mass shootings are among six that have occurred in California since January 16, when six people, including a teenage mother and her baby, were found fatally shot at a home in Goshen, a semi-rural area in the state’s San Joaquin Valley.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, which has yet to announce any arrests, said the shooting appeared to be a targeted attack by two gunmen possibly connected to a drug cartel.
There have been 48 mass shootings nationwide in the first month of 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a website that tracks shootings in the US.
FRCN Abuja / Titilayo Kupoliyi
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