Two women shot and killed at large gathering in South L.A.

A map showing the areas where two women were shot and killed in South L.A.
(Los Angeles Times)

Two women were fatally shot early Sunday at a gathering in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department received a call around 1:53 a.m. and responded to the 3100 block of Hill Street, according to Officer Drake Madison. The nature of the initial call was not immediately clear, police said.

Lt. Ryan Rabbett told KCBS-TV on scene that it was “some type of gathering” and that officers found dozens of people outside.


A woman who was there when the shooting began said the crowd was celebrating a birthday party in a warehouse.

An unknown suspect approached the women and “fired multiple shots, striking both victims,” Madison said. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.

The women were identified by the L.A. County coroner’s office as Shaterika Howard, 33, from Los Angeles, and Shanell Traina Williams, 30, from Victorville.

“It’s unknown if this is gang-related at this time,” Madison said, adding that the suspect fled in a car.