1 Dead, 1 Paralyzed In Shooting Inside Lobby Of Standard Hotel In Downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A fight between a suspect and four other people inside the Standard,  a luxury hotel in downtown Los Angeles — exploded into gun violence early Sunday that left one person dead, one paralyzed and three others wounded.

Police were dispatched at 2:25 a.m. to the 500 block of Flower Street where they found four gunshot victims, said Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relation Section. The Standard hotel is located at 550 S. Flower St.

The shooting victims were rushed to an area hospital, Herrera said, where one of them — a 21-year-old male —  was pronounced dead. The remaining three were listed in stable condition.

“We do not have any suspect description and there were no arrests,” she said.

A fight started on an upper floor and carried over down to the lobby.

CBS2’s Greg Mills reported from the scene Sunday.

A LAPD source told him at least two people opened fire.

The actual number of wounded conflicted. Mills said two witnesses told him that one wounded person was driven away before help arrived.

“The people involved got somebody into a car,” said Tim Amick.

Nick Vantzos was dropped off at the hotel with two friends when the gunfire erupted.

“We heard 10-14 shots going off. We didn’t know what was going. We saw people running in every direction,” Vantzos said.

A LAPD source also told Mills that somebody tried to rip an expensive chain off of one of the men involved. That man ended up shot in the parking lot.

A parking lot attendant said he found a gun a little after 9 a.m. and turned it over to police. It is unclear how police missed the weapon during their initial search.

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