INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Paramedics took five people to a hospital Saturday following a mass shooting in Inglewood that’s believed to be gang-related.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department was dispatched at 4:39 p.m. to the 3300 black of Manchester Boulevard at 11th Avenue, according to Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores.
Gardena and Hawthorne police department personnel are on the scene assisting with the investigation.
According to Inglewood Mayor James Butts the victims are all in their 50s and were “sitting in a city-owned public parking lot when another vehicle containing the shooters opened fire”.
Butts described the shooting as a “targeted” attack.
IPD insiders share an “AR-15 style weapon” was used, but spoke anonymously since they weren’t authorized to speak to the media.
Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta wasn’t allowed to speak to the public as the press assembled at the crime scene.
Two victims were pronounced dead at a local hospital, while one remains in critical condition and the other two have non-life threatening wounds.
A news videographer at the scene said the shooting occurred at a hall rented for an event, however, the police activity was across the street.
The hall has been identified as the Lavender Blue restaurant which regularly hosts events. Guests typically park across the street in a City-owned parking lot where the shooting occurred.
There was no crime tape at the event hall.
Aerial photos showed multiple cars riddled with billets and broken glass indicating the windows were up when the shooting occurred.
The parking lot is a “hang out” spot for locals due to it being relatively obscure from the street due to high shrubbery surrounding it.
This is the second mass shooting reported in Inglewood.
A mass shooting occurred in January 2022 weeks prior to the City hosting Super Bowl 56. Four were killed at a birthday party in an unpermitted Airbnb rental.
City News Service contributed to this report.