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Three dead, two critically ill after LA restaurant shooting

Three people have been killed and 12 were injured - two critically - after an early morning argument at a Los Angeles restaurant.

Police who arrived at the scene in the working class Crenshaw area found shell casings and blood throughout the restaurant, located west of Los Angeles city centre.

LA police officer Mike Lopez said investigators are seeking a suspect he described as a black male, possibly accompanied by a woman.

Police earlier questioned two possible suspects, but Mr Lopez said later no-one is in custody.

Three people died at the scene, and 12 others were transported to local hospitals.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the shooting the latest example of senseless gun violence that has reached epidemic proportions in the country.

"We cannot tolerate these tragedies multiplying in communities across America," Mr Garcetti said.

Two of the victims are in a grave condition. Two of the wounded were released and the others remain in hospital with wounds are not considered life-threatening.

Police did not disclose the names or ages of the victims.

Neighbour Sheryl Cobb said she was awakened by screaming and gunfire, but did not leave her home for fear of getting caught in a crossfire.

"Bullets don't have names on them," she said.

According to a preliminary investigation, a party was under way in the restaurant when an argument started.

A man and woman left, then returned, and the restaurant erupted in gunfire.

The shooting occurred in a residential area of modest homes. About 50 people were in the restaurant when the shooting started.

One firearm has been recovered.

The Times described the restaurant as a popular Jamaican restaurant which features a DJ on Friday night.

Mr Garcetti said he was confident police would unravel questions surrounding the shooting, and expressed sympathy for victims' families.

He called for an end to gun violence that "causes so much pain and sorrow in our city and across the nation".



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