1 dead after shootout with security guards in South L.A., police say

Yellow police tape in the foreground and a warehouse with graffiti in the background.
Police at the scene of a fatal shooting involving two security guards in South Los Angeles on Sunday.

One person was killed and a security guard was wounded Sunday morning following a shootout in South L.A., according to police.

An armed security guard was trying to remove a man from a location near Washington Boulevard and Los Angeles Street about 7 a.m. when an argument broke out, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man pulled out a shotgun and fired at the security guard. A second security guard returned fire, a spokesperson for LAPD said.


The gunman died at the scene, police said. The wounded security guard was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. KTLA reported the security guard was hit in the leg.

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The TV station also reported that the incident was said to have occurred outside an “illegal ‘casita.’”

The Times recently reported on the casitas — Spanish for “little houses.” The illegal gambling dens — hidden in homes, warehouses and storefronts — have been targeted by law enforcement authorities, who say the sites are magnets for violence.

Los Angeles police say they are looking for two gunmen who shot and killed a security guard at a gambling den in North Hollywood on May 31.

On Sunday, a woman was detained at the scene, but there was no immediate information about her connection to the incident, a spokesperson for the LAPD said.