Los Angeles Police Department Investigating Deadly Shooting During New Year’s Eve Party At Warehouse On Porter Street
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (January 2, 2024) – Two people have tragically died and eight people were injured in a shooting during a New Year’s Eve party at a downtown LA warehouse.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 1:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Police received a radio call about a shooting that took place in the building.
When police arrived at the location they found numerous injured people on the street and sidewalk along Porter Street. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims.
Sadly, a man and woman both in their 20’s died at the scene. Around 8 other people were hospitalized. Witnesses described the scene as chaotic with people running and falling as they fled the area.
The LAPD are still searching for suspects linked to the warehouse shooting.
Liability For Los Angeles County Shootings
The United States has one of the highest instances of gun related crimes in the developed world. According to the Pew Research Center, “In 2021, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 48,830 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S., according to the CDC. That figure includes gun murders and gun suicides, along with three less common types of gun-related deaths tracked by the CDC.” Businesses can take a number of measures in order to reduce the likelihood of shootings on their premises.
- Businesses may need to implement strict controlled access points with security personnel.
- Businesses can install surveillance systems at key entry points, parking lots and access areas.
- Businesses can hire security guards to patrol the premises.
- Businesses can install metal detectors at entry points.
Businesses have a legal obligation to protect the people on their premises. Pursuant to California Civil Code 1714, everyone is responsible for injuries caused by a lack of skill in the management of their property, except in situations where the injured party brought the injury upon themselves. This extends to protecting guests from assaults and other criminal activity. If a business fails to take reasonable measures in order to protect guests from shootings and other crimes, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
The level of security that any business may need will depend in large part on where the business is located. Businesses with a history of security incidents or that are in high crime areas will typically need greater security measures. When a business has reason to believe that their property could be a target for violence, they must take action. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any mass shooting.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A police report should be created.
- Medical records related to the shooting should be preserved.
- Photos of the crime scene should be documented.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any shooting. Family members are left without their loved ones and those that survive will often have very serious injuries including PTSD. In these situations, it is important for victims to understand that they do have rights. Any person that is injured in a shooting at a private location may be able to seek some measure of justice through a negligent security claim. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Los Angeles County Warehouse Shootings
We at Samer Habbas & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed in this attack. It is our sincere hope that the other victims will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about the perpetrators should reach out to the LAPD.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Los Angeles warehouse shooting? You may have legal recourse. Our team of Los Angeles County negligent security attorneys are here for you. We care deeply that assault victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you have legal questions or need any type of support we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 727-9300.
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