Last updated: 03:39 PM ET, Sun December 13 2015

Fatal Shooting at Downtown Los Angeles Hotel

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | December 13, 2015

Fatal Shooting at Downtown Los Angeles Hotel

The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles was the scene of a fatal shooting early Sunday morning, with one person dead and three injured, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The initial altercation took place between 10th and 12th floors of the hotel over birthday party access. This dispute continued into the lobby, then to the hotel parking lot, the Los Angeles Police Department told NBC. Gunfire then erupted at the front of the hotel around 2:30 a.m. local time, per the LAPD.

A couple staying at the hotel said to the Los Angeles Times that they were awoken by “the sound of loud popping noises.”

The man, who did not want to be identified for safety reasons, told the Times that he didn’t see anything out of the window, but mentioned, "It sounded like heavy machinery falling."

Around half a minute later, he heard five to six more shots farther away, "then there were sirens," he said.

LAPD officers arrived and found three individuals with gunshot wounds in front of the hotel, with a fourth blocks away, NBC said.

They were transported to the hospital, where one was pronounced dead, a second was paralyzed and two others are listed in stable condition, according to the LAPD, per NBC.

The hotel sustained damage as well. Bullets shattered the building’s entrance door glass, covering the sidewalk with shards, NBC said.

While police investigated, the hotel was temporarily closed, but reopened just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

In terms of the investigation’s progress, the LAPD told NBC that a gun was recovered from the hotel parking lot, and while there isn’t a description of the suspect or suspects, detectives hope surveillance video will help track them down.


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