LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A search continued Sunday in the Boyle Heights district for three alleged gang members who authorities say held police at bay for several hours before escaping.

Los Angeles police Capt. Martin Baeza said that officers with the Hollenbeck Division responded to the 2500 block of Fairmont Street about 3:30 a.m. for a party.

“What ended up happening was we had a few known gang members enter the party and when they were asked to leave, [they] left and came back later with a handgun,” the captain said.

At that point, Baeza said that one of the suspects assaulted the owner of the residence before leaving the location.

“As the police arrived, the gang members entered their own residence armed with a handgun and barricaded themselves inside throughout the night,” Baeza said.

Neighboring homes were subsequently evacuated and a special weapons and tactics team entered the home about 11:15 a.m. but did not find the suspects.

No further information was immediately available.

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