Three men were killed and 12 were wounded in a shooting at a house party in the West Adams neighborhood of South Los Angeles early Saturday morning.
When officers responded to the shooting at around 12:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Rimpau Boulevard, around 50 people were running from the scene that was described as "chaotic," said Sgt. Frank Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police said an argument broke out at the party, where as many as three people left the residence, came back with firearms, and started shooting.
Two people were questioned then released, police said.
The home was being used as a "makeshift restaurant without permits," and was filled with people doing "everything from eating to playing dominos and listening to music," when the argument happened, Preciado said.
"This is one of the most horrific crime scenes I've seen in a while," Preciado said, adding that the neighborhood is relatively quiet.
Police recovered several guns inside the property, while shell casings lined front yards and a trail of blood was left on the street.
At least 12 other people were injured, police said. Some of them are in critical condition and some of them have minor injuries. The Los Angeles Fire Department treated victims at the scene.
Descriptions of the shooters were not immediately available.
Security video from a nearby business shows a white BMW park on Rimpau Boulevard at 12:07 a.m.
The video shows two men entering the vehicle 25 minutes later and taking off down Jefferson, but it is unclear what, if any, connection to the shooting the men may have.
One neighbor said she was "very grateful" to be uninjured after discovering bullet holes in her wall and front window.