1 Dead, 3 Injured in West Hollywood Violence
One person was dead and three others were injured following a shooting [added: and other violence] in West Hollywood tonight, a fire official said.
The attack at an apartment complex at 939 Palm Avenue was reported to rescuers at 9:31 p.m., a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher told L.A. Weekly.
One victim was dead on arrival, he said:
Another was hospitalized in critical condition, the dispatcher said. Two others sustained minor injuries, he said. [Added at 11:29 p.m: An L.A. County Fire Department dispatch supervisor later confirmed his department's information, above, including its report that one person was dead on arrival].
The motive was unknown. Officials at the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood station had no information.
An official at the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau indicated detectives were dispatched to the scene but he said information might not be available for three hours.
[Update at 10:38 p.m.]: Deputy Lillian Peck tells us it was a deputy-involved shooting in the 900 block of Palm Avenue.
"A deputy-involved shooting did occur about an hour ago," she said. "It was a hit shooting [meaning a suspect or suspects were struck by gunfire]. No deputies were injured."
She didn't have condition details for anyone who was struck.
[Added at 10:58 p.m.]: That same address was the site of a fatal stabbing last month in which the victim's boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of murder.
[Added at 11:30 p.m.]: Deputy Peck said homicide detectives were rolling to the scene. A sheriff's homicide official said they hadn't arrived yet.
Peck said that homicide detectives are normally dispatched to deputy-involved shootings in which someone was struck by gunfire.
[Update at 12:33 p.m. Tuesday]: The Sheriff's Department today says deputies were responding to a "man-with-a-knife" call at an apartment at the address when two men "aggressed" the cops and at least one of the deputies opened fire.
Inside the apartment deputies found two other men fighting, according to a sheriff's statement. Those two were detained. All four were hospitalized:
A 24-year-old who was shot was pronounced dead at a hospital, sheriff's officials said. The other three "sustained non-life-threatening stab wounds," according to a statement. They were said to be stable.
Deputies say they found a "large knife" at the scene.
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