(MENAFN) One person was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of a Trader Joe's grocery store in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred in the West Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley, according to the LAPD. Several suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the shooting may have been related to a drug deal, LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said in a news conference. During a dispute that centered around a narcotics transaction, multiple suspects produced firearms and fired at each other, resulting in the death of one person. The victim's identity has not been released.
Two firearms were recovered from the scene of the shooting, according to Hamilton. Following the incident, one of the suspects attempted to flee in a vehicle, leading to a police pursuit. During the pursuit, the suspect was involved in a hit-and-run with another vehicle, injuring an innocent person. The suspect then switched vehicles, and the pursuit continued.
The second vehicle was eventually pulled over, and two people, including the male suspect and a female driver, were taken into custody. The injuries sustained by the hit-and-run victim were not believed to be life-threatening, Hamilton said.
As of Saturday night, two people remained hospitalized, while three others were in police custody. Hamilton confirmed that there were no outstanding suspects in connection with the incident. The cause and circumstances of the shooting are currently under investigation.
The incident highlights the ongoing issue of gun violence in the United States, particularly in urban areas. The use of firearms in criminal activities has been a major concern for law enforcement agencies and policymakers, who have been grappling with ways to address the problem. The shooting at the Trader Joe's parking lot underscores the need for stricter gun control measures and better policing strategies to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
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