In the early morning hours of August 30, what Venice Beach witnesses first thought were fireworks turned out to be gunshots that left one dead and one wounded.
The incident occurred on the boardwalk and resulted in the arrest of one person, whose name has yet to be released.
Accordinng to KTLA 5, one of the victims was 26-year-old black man named Jascent-Jamal Warren.
Witness Mariah Brown said, “I was petrified, because that was basically my fellow homeless activist. He was a humanitarian.” The second victim “was a black man in his forties” who was taken to a hospital, where he is in stable condition.
Another homeless man, Grish Adam Buchwald, said he “heard about 13 gunshots.”
Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Barry Montgomery said the incident “was triggered by some kind of altercation…on the boardwalk between locals, which escalated into a violent encounter with someone brandishing a handgun and committing this deadly crime.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, “an unidentified man was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. and booked on suspicion of murder, police said.” Bail for the suspect was set at $1 million.
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