Police have increased patrols in downtown Los Angeles as they continue to search for a gunman who shot and killed a man in his 40s inside a restaurant at L.A. Live on Tuesday night. The shooting occurred at Fixins Soul Kitchen, owned by former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard. The incident, which took place around 6:15 p.m., prompted calls to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Authorities believe the victim may have been targeted by the suspect, who arrived in a vehicle along Figueroa Street wearing a mask. The gunman entered the restaurant and shot the man while he was seated at a table. A woman seated nearby was also grazed by gunfire. The suspect fled the scene before the arrival of the police.
Both victims were transported to the hospital, where the woman is listed in stable condition. Unfortunately, the male victim succumbed to his injuries. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Los Angeles Police Department Captain Raul Jovel expressed his dismay, stating, “This is the first known homicide in this venue, which is truly disheartening.”
As the investigation continues, visitors to L.A. Live are encountering heightened security measures. Ania Wright, a witness to the incident, expressed her shock at the shooting, particularly in such a popular area of the city.
In a statement, the management of Fixins Soul Kitchen expressed their shock and sadness over the incident, extending their condolences to the victim’s family and loved ones.
Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the Los Angeles Police Department. Anonymous tips can be submitted through L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers.