VALLEY VILLAGE (CBSLA) — Authorities say at least six people were shot in what police are describing as a “running gun battle” in a quiet Valley Village neighborhood.
The shooting unfolded outside what neighbors said was an Airbnb rental.
It was there that a birthday party was being held when an argument ensued between two people who both pulled out guns.
Police received calls around 1 a.m. Sunday of loud noises in the area.
When they arrived in the 12700 block of Tiara, they located several victims with gunshot wounds.
In all, six people had been shot. A seventh person was injured.
Officials said all the victims are expected to survive.
Some of the victims managed to drive themselves to the hospital. All were said to be in stable condition.
Authorities say that between 50 to 100 people fled the scene after the gunfire erupted.
“Next thing you know, people are running from a residence,” said Lt. Bob Toledo with the LAPD. “They continued to hear gunshots and by the time officers arrived, we detained two individuals at this point.”
The lieutenant said shots were also fired down the street leading him to believe that it was a “running gun battle.”
Police said two people have been detained for questioning but a search continued for additional suspects.
Officials told CBS2’s Crystal Cruz the shooting might be gang-related.
“We were lying in bed trying to go to sleep and we hear all these voices and yelling and then all of a sudden we hear a series of gunshots and it sounded like it was right outside our window,” said neighbor Victor Vierick.
“It’s really scary because I feel like this neighborhood is really safe, I live here with my roommates and this area is a lot of families so I was really surprised,” said neighbor Paige Elson.
Police say they’ve recovered at least 30 rounds both inside the house and on surrounding streets. They say three different caliber shell casings were found.
One .45 caliber bullet blew out the back window of a vehicle owned by Erik Barlow. The shooting occurred as his family, including a newborn, slept inside.
“You know a bomb could’ve gone off but if the baby was sleeping,” Barlow says, “we were going to go back to sleep. We were dead to the world the whole time.”
Airbnb sent Cruz a statement that read in part:
“We have zero tolerance for disruptive behavior. We have permanently banned these individuals from our platform, and fully supporting our host, and have offered local law enforcement our assistance. There have been over 300 million guest arrivals on Airbnb to date and negative incidents are extremely rare.”