As bars in the area finished their last call, a fatal gunshot rang out in front of a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning, in what police described as a gang-related shooting.
When officers arrived at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue just before 2 a.m., more than 100 people had spilled into the intersection and were hovering around a man bleeding onto the street, said Sgt. David Legaspi of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.
“Investigators believe the altercation was gang-related,” Legaspi said. The victim and alleged assailants were visiting a nightclub in the area and don’t live in Hollywood, he said.
[Updated, 10:55 a.m. PDT March 31: The victim was identified as Keon Dontrell Collins, 38, of Inglewood, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Monday.]
Police are searching for a group of three or four men in a four-door, black sedan. Authorities asked that anyone with information about the incident call LAPD’s West Bureau homicide division at (213) 382-9470.