A night of celebration in downtown Los Angeles led to a fatal shooting more than 20 miles away outside a home in the west San Fernando Valley.
A 24-year-old tourist from Indiana celebrating a birthday was shot to death by a group of armed robbers outside the home Saturday night. The shooting was reported at about 10:30 p.m. in the 18200 block of Sugarman Street, according to a police.
The victim was in a car in a driveway at the home with another man, when they were ordered out of the vehicle by the robbers, said OfficerDrake Madison of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.
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"One of the suspects fired at the victim, while he was still seated (in the vehicle)," Madison said.
Officers arriving on the scene reported that they came upon the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to an LAPD news statement, adding that the suspects fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.
The shooter and his accomplices robbed the men before fleeing. No description was released.
The victim died at a hospital at about 4 a.m., police said.
The two men inside the vehicle were part of a group of friends from Indiana renting a room at the Sugarman Street address on Airbnb to celebrate a birthday.
The victims had been to at a birthday party in downtown LA and drove back 20 miles to Tarzana in a Rolls Royce, apparently followed by an SUV. Surveillance video showed the friends returning home and also the SUV that followed them.
The victim's friends told NBCLA he was alive when police arrived, but he lost consciousness before paramedics arrived and rushed the man to the hospital--where he died.
"The cops got here and literally saw our friend get unconscious and stop talking, and they didn't help until the ambulance got here," one of the friends of the victim told NBCLA.
LAPD Valley Bureau homicide detectives asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 818-374-1925.