At a Carson pool party overnight on Friday, eight people were shot, according to investigators. Two of the victims had serious wounds.
The shooting took at around midnight at a house in the 1500 block of East Abila Street, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. No one was taken into custody in relation to the incident. The ages of the victims varied from 16 to 29.
Two of them were listed in critical condition and underwent surgery after being taken to local hospitals, according to the police. There were no immediate updates on the six other people’s conditions.
A loud battle broke out in the middle of the street outside the celebration, according to a 16-year-old who was shot in the arm. As soon as she entered, bullets were fired, and people began to flee.
Another gunshot victim attempted to flee the scene in a car, but instead slammed into a house around the corner, tearing down a brick wall and fence.
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Argument Leads to Shooting
“Cars were driving by when about 30, 40 rounds were fired. There were numerous dogs barking, children yelling, and people pleading for assistance. It was terrible and just a lot. One witness remarked, “It was like a movie right when you walked outdoors.
A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told after hearing a flurry of bullets, he observed a number of panicked teenagers fleeing down the street. He thought the party might have had at least 50 guests.
The neighbor claimed to have spoken with parents whose terrified kids had called to be picked up. The man was informed that a man had caused a dispute by showing up uninvited to the party and been asked to leave: “So they said that he left and came back with a gun.”
Because at least 20 rounds were fired, he claimed, “I knew it was going to be bad.”
Abila Street was blocked down while an inquiry was conducted there all day.
Carson Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes stated, “We’re going to be working around the clock, doing whatever we can with our sheriffs department to bring the persons responsible for this crime to Justice.”
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At this moment, officials were unable to confirm whether the shooting was gang-related, but they are looking into it.
“We don’t have any confirmation that this is a gang shooting at this time. We’re looking into everything but we don’t have that confirmation at this point,” Lt. Rick Conti, of the LASD Operation Safe Streets Bureau.
The locals are shocked and concerned for their safety.
“Kids at that age be able to get a gun that is the most scary thing because they don’t think,” he said.
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