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In latest house party shooting, 23-year-old man is killed in Arcadia

Law enforcement officers at the scene of a fatal shooting in Arcadia.
An investigation is underway after a shooting at an Arcadia house party left one man dead Sunday night.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A shooting at an Arcadia house party left one man dead Sunday night, authorities said.

Gunfire broke out about 8:40 p.m. in the 2800 block of Caroline Way, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting Arcadia police in the investigation.

Responding officers found the victim, a 23-year-old man, on the rear patio of the home. He had been shot multiple times in the torso, authorities said.

Arcadia Police Lt. Kollin Cieadlo said the victim was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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“It looked like some type of argument led to a shooting,” Cieadlo said.

The shooting took place during a house party attended by roughly 25 guests, he said, adding that “it looked like a rental.”

Authorities have not yet disclosed the victim’s name, but a family member identified him to KTLA-TV Channel 5 as Gustavo Lopez of Long Beach.

Officials have not yet publicly identified a suspect. Another 23-year-old man, who authorities described as a person of interest, was detained for questioning and later arrested by the Arcadia Police Department on unrelated charges, sheriff’s officials said.

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The incident is the latest in a string of shootings at house parties in Los Angeles County.

Two people were found shot, one fatally, after police were called to a Beverly Crest party home about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

One person was killed and another injured last week when shots were fired at a party house in the upscale Beverly Crest neighborhood. Prior to the gunfire, 25 to 30 people were at the gathering, which was held in a short-term-rental home known for parties, according to Los Angeles Police Department Det. Meghan Aguilar.

Earlier this month, one woman was killed and four people were injured during a shooting at another party in Beverly Crest — at a mansion in the 13200 block of Mulholland Drive.

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Five people also were taken to a hospital following a shooting at a large party in a warehouse in the Harbor Gateway area.

The city attorney’s office has said homeowners with a history of renting to partygoers could face criminal prosecution and six months in jail.

With bars, nightclubs and other nightlife spots closed amid coronavirus-related health orders, authorities say some Angelenos have turned to private parties as a substitute — even though such gatherings are prohibited.

Health officials have repeatedly urged residents to avoid these kinds of parties, which heighten the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

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Officials also have pledged stepped-up enforcement efforts to curtail the restricted revelry.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has authorized the city to shut off water and power services at residences where such gatherings are held. Earlier this month, he ordered the power cut at a swanky residence on Appian Way in the Hollywood Hills that police say held parties in violation of public health orders.

Social media stars Bryce Hall and Blake Gray were charged in Los Angeles last week with misdemeanors in connection with parties thrown at the rental home.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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