by VICTORIA JAVIER
Two men were arrested early Sunday morning for the murder of three people and the attempted murder of twelve people. The first gunfire happened in a house that includes a Jamaican restaurant at about 12:30 a.m., which is located a few blocks south of the Santa Monica freeway near the Crenshaw neighborhood.
Police tracked down Mowayne McKay (33 years old), and Diego Reid (25 years old). They were found at the hospital where they had sought treatment from gunshot wounds. The eye witness accounted other evidence such as videos which led the police closer to to the suspect’s McKay and Reid, who were charged with three murders and twelve attempted murders.
At about 12:30 a.m. the first shot was heard, some people around the crime scene thought that it was a drug deal gone wrong. The injury to those twelve people were not meant to happen; those 12 people were celebrating a birthday party at the Jamaican restaurant. Three of those who were injured were put in critical condition. On Sunday the police were still trying to obtain the most evidence they could in order to solve the crime.
The officials are not able to identify any of the dead at this point, saying the victims’ families had not yet been notified. The owner of the restaurant said that they are only open on Saturdays, but he decided to let some people have a birthday party there on Friday night.
Saturday’s shooting occurred in a year of rising crime in Los Angeles. According to The Times’ Crime L.A. database, the West Adams district has seen 109 violent crimes over the last six months, but no homicides until now.
In mayor Eric Garcetti’s statement, he said the Los Angeles shooting was “the latest example of a senseless gun violence epidemic that causes so much pain and sorrow in our city and across the nation. Our thoughts are with the families mourning or praying at bedsides today,” Garcetti said. “We must take action against easy access to firearms and the thoughtless, indiscriminate, murderous use of them.” Most people are now going to try to keep their loved ones safe because they do not want them to end up like those poor people who got murdered just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.