3 Shot, 1 Killed at Beverly Hills Mansion ‘NFL Draft Party’

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Two people shot at a party in Beverly Hills on the evening of August 3 are in critical condition and one has died, authorities confirmed to CBS Los Angeles.

CBS Los Angeles reported that “one person was killed” and “two more were critically wounded” and are in a stable condition.

The outlet said all three were “rushed to local hospitals, where one person died … a man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s were among the victims.”

Los Angeles police Lieutenant Chris Ramirez said at a news briefing the shooting was being treated as gang-related.

CBS Los Angeles has confirmed what it called the “NFL Draft party” at a Beverly Crest mansion on Mulholland Drive was held for an unidentified player who was recently drafted to an NFL team.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed the shooting at 13200 Mulholland Drive in a statement released in the early hours of August 4.

The original statement reads, in part:

LAFD responded to a reported shooting, where three adult victims have been located, treated, and transported to local hospitals. Two of those are in critical condition. A fourth injury has been located nearby, reporting a non-firearm-related injury (wrist) sustained while fleeing the scene.

A later update confirmed “two patients are in critical condition and one patient is in grave condition. All three have been transported to area hospitals from the scene.”

Fox 11 Los Angeles’ Bill Melugin reported that Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department were on the scene.

“BREAKING: 4 people reported shot at the location of the Beverly Hills mansion party that was happening tonight,” he tweeted.

“This is the location of the big mansion party in Beverly Hills that was going on tonight,” he said, retweeting from a local scanner source.

The original scanner post quickly attracted comments, with one person saying the property at 13200 Mulholland Drive was listed at $10,000 a night on Airbnb.

CBSLA said police had responded to a large party at the Beverly Crest mansion amid coronavirus restrictions. CBSLA also shared video of scenes from the party with people ignoring social distancing.

Here’s what you need to know:

CBS Los Angeles Reported the Party Was for an NFL Player

CBS Los Angeles spoke with a man who said he was providing security for the party.

Kennie D. Leggett, security manager, told the outlet the party was being “thrown for an unidentified NFL player.”

“We have money,” he said. “We are people. This COVID, I mean, is just pushing us out everywhere, and we have nothing, so the only thing we do have is Airbnbs to rent swimming pools for our kids, to do big things and things of that nature.”

LAPD West LA ‘Was Aware of the Party’ but ‘Didn’t Break It up,’ CBSLA Reported

Mike Rogers, a reporter with CBSLA, said on Twitter “@LAPDWestLA was aware of the party & had officers there all night but didn’t break it up saying they don’t enforce the ‘no gathering’ health order.”

He confirmed the location of the shooting was the same address where CBSLA had earlier reported the LAPD had responded to people not socially distancing, in the 13000 block of Mulholland Drive, and said the LAFD had sent several ambulances to the scene.

Rogers also said the property management company responsible for the mansion, which was rented out through a short-term rental site, told CBSLA it was unaware of the house party, “it violated the terms of the rental and that they said they’d be contacting the renter and would ask them to leave.”

Officer Mike Lopez told Fox 11 Los Angeles the LAPD received a call about the party around 6:30 p.m. on August 3. The party featured a DJ and a food truck, the station reported.

Witnesses Heard Gunshots & Saw Helicopters Hovering Nearby

Photos and video were shared by eyewitnesses at the scene. One poster who said she had been on Mulholland Drive at the time of the shooting wrote on Twitter, “My friend and I … heard multiple gunshots and we were like f*** so we wait for a bit to see to what happens and hear sirens go off and see a helicopter.”

Designer Alexander Siu posted footage that he said was part of an Instagram Live post filmed inside the mansion. Gunshots can be heard around 30 seconds in.

More information will be posted as this story develops.

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