1 dead, 8 injured in shooting at Southern California party

The victims do not appear to have been intentionally targeted, police said.

Nine people were shot, including one fatally, at a party in Southern California on Friday night, police said.

Officers responded to a shooting at a business in the east Los Angeles town of Highland shortly before midnight Friday, the San Bernardino Police Department said.

“Upon arrival, officers encountered a large crowd and learned they were in the area attending a party,” said Sgt. Equino Thomas, spokesperson for the department, said in a statement.

A victim was found outside the business, located in a shopping mall, and pronounced dead at the scene, Thomas said. No other information about the victim has been released.

Eight other gunshot victims have since been confirmed, Thomas said. Most of the victims went to local hospitals and were treated for what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

The motive and suspect for the shooting are being investigated, police said.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear that the victims were intentionally targeted and that this may have stemmed from a conflict in a crowded room that spilled into the company parking lot,” said Thomas.

Footage from the scene overnight showed a large police presence outside the mall and at a gas station across the street.

A witness told ABC Los Angeles station KABC that shots were also fired from a car at the gas station.

ABC News

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