One Dead, at Least Four Injured in Shooting Ahead of BET Awards

One person was killed and at least four people were injured in a shooting during an after-hours event ahead of  the BET Awards Sunday in East Hollywood.

Police responded around 5:15 a.m. to reports of shots fired at the Monalizza Restaurant and Banquet located in the 1100 block of North Vermont Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

At least five people were shot at the club. One of those people was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Witnesses told NBC4 that the event was affiliated with the BET Awards taking place on Sunday, June 29 in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles police officer Drake Madison said the party was related to the BET Awards, but it was not part of the official events, The Associated Press reported.

A voicemail left with BET was not immediately returned.

The extent of other injuries were unknown. Authorities were unsure what led to the shooting.

On Friday night, a man in his 30s was stabbed at Lure nightclub in Hollywood during a similar pre-party, police said. He was expected to survive.

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