SOUTH EL MONTE (CBSLA) — Three people found with gunshot wounds in three separate locations have been linked to the same shooting inside a South El Monte karaoke bar.

The first 911 call at about 2:30 a.m. came from a parking lot at Tyler and Rush streets, where a man in a white Bentley had a gunshot wound to the torso. He told police the shooting had happened at Palaces Restaurant and Karaoke, a bar in a strip mall at Garvey Avenue and Rosemead Boulevard.

When deputies when to the karaoke bar, they found another victim — a man with a head injury and gunshot wound to the torso.

A third man turned up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. It’s not known if he was taken to the hospital by friends or got there on his own.

Police said all three victims were Asian and were shot in the same place – inside the karaoke bar, but no one from the bar ever reported a shooting. Police are now searching for a manager or owner of the bar.

Authorities said the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside the bar. No weapons have been recovered, and it’s not known at this time if the shooting was gang-related, sheriff’s officials said.

All the victims are are expected to survive.

CBS2’s Dave Lopez reported from the scene.

Neighbors told him there was a lot more going on in the establishment than karaoke. He said the place was always packed, there were many scantily-clad hostesses and always expensive cars in the parking lot.

Sheriff’s officials say they are looking for at least one Asian man as the possible shooter.


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