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4 killed in ‘ambush’ gang shooting at Inglewood house party

LA Daily News logo LA Daily News 1/24/2022 Eric Licas, Josh Cain, Los Angeles Daily News

A barrage of gunfire rang out at a house party on a quiet street in Inglewood early Sunday, with multiple shooters leaving four people dead in what the mayor said appeared to be a targeted “ambush.”

The shooting, described as gang-related, was the worst in the city since the 1990s, Mayor James Butts said.

“These are sociopathic killers that have to be sequestered from society,” he said. “Our entire homicide unit is working this crime.”

The victims were shot at a home used as an “unregulated” short-term rental in the 1300 block of Park Avenue at around 1:45 a.m., Butts said. Three people were dead by the time paramedics arrived. Two others were treated at the scene, then taken to hospitals, where one died. Officials said the dead were two men and two women.

Butts called the shooting an “ambush” style attack in statements to reporters at the scene. He said there were multiple suspects, and that one was armed with an assault rifle.

The surviving victim indicated he is affiliated with a gang in another city, and has “an extensive criminal history,” Butts said. The targeted nature of the shooting, the weapons used and statements by the suspects before the shooting show the crime was gang-related, he said.

The residence where the shooting occurred sits in the middle of a tree-lined neighborhood filled with historic homes.

Patricia Bardley, 69, has lived three doors down from the house where the shooting took place for over 40 years. She said she was awakened by a phone call from a neighbor who told her he had witnessed a shooting.

She was shocked to hear that paramedics were treating one gunshot victim lying on the sidewalk, and two others in nearby yards.

An officer came to her door to interview her a short time later. As she looked out, she saw police swarming her street and heard helicopters hovering overhead.

“This is all out of place for this neighborhood,” she said.”We were surprised people were having a big party like that. Normally it’s just family gatherings and things like that.”


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Bardley said she and her neighbors did not know any of the people at the party. She was told it was held to celebrate a young woman’s birthday.

Dion Cavitte, who also lives in the area, said he heard loud music coming from the house starting at about 10 p.m.

At about 1:30 a.m., he said, he heard “nonstop gunshots.”

Said Cavitte, “Cherry bombs don’t sound like that.”

Delories Minor lives about a block away from the scene of the shooting and heard what she thought was high-caliber gunfire, followed by a car speeding north on Park Avenue. About a half-hour later, Minor, 82, heard a woman weeping loudly in the street.

“She was crying and said, ‘Why did you have to go to that party? I asked you not to come.’ “

Some 30 people were gathered on Sunday afternoon at the corner of East Brett St. and North Park Avenue, a few hundred yards from the scene of the shooting. Police tape blocked off the area, and about a dozen yellow evidence markers could be seen in front of the home where the party was as police interviewed residents and searched for clues.

Neither an Inglewood police spokesman nor detectives responded to requests for comment about the circumstances of the shooting.

The shooting comes as the region deals with worsening gun violence. While recent crime statistics for Inglewood were not available Sunday, nearby communities saw an uptick in shootings and homicides last year.

In Los Angeles in 2021, the city saw 397 homicides, the most in a single year in the last 15 years. Across L.A. County, in cities and unincorporated communities covered by the Sheriff’s Department, there were 281 killings.

Law enforcement officials in both areas blamed the rise in killings on the increasing availability of guns, added to the destabilizing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities.

The shooting Sunday occurred about 2.5 miles north of SoFi Stadium, which in about two-and-a-half weeks will host Super Bowl LVI.

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