Los Angeles, California – Three people were killed and a dozen were injured in two separate shootings on New Year’s Day. In downtown Los Angeles, a man and a woman were killed and eight others were injured at an underground New Year’s Eve party early on Monday. Police arrived at the scene shortly before 1 am local time to the sound of gunshots and large crowds fleeing the area. Several wounded people were found lying on the street and sidewalk and were taken to the hospital. The shooting happened following a dispute at the New Year’s party, which was being held in an industrial area with warehouses and commercial buildings. No information on any suspects was immediately available.
In a separate shooting in the Hawthorne area just after midnight on New Year’s Day, a woman was killed and four others were injured. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they were investigating the shooting in the 3100 block of Rosecrans Avenue. The woman was pronounced dead after she was taken to the hospital, and three other victims were in stable condition while another was still listed in critical condition.
In addition to the shootings, the LAPD officials also reported three separate fatal traffic collisions in the city within an hour on New Year’s Eve, leaving several dead and injured. A speeding SUV collided with a sedan, resulting in the death of the father and their eldest daughter, with the mother and toddler in critical condition at the hospital. A pedestrian was also struck and killed by multiple vehicles in a hit-and-run case, and another pedestrian possibly jaywalking was struck and killed.
These incidents have prompted a swift response from law enforcement and have raised concerns about public safety in the city. The shootings and traffic collisions have shaken the community, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward to assist in the investigations. As the new year begins, residents are calling for increased measures to ensure the safety of the public and to prevent such tragic events from occurring in the future.