Deadly Hotel Shooting

Early Sunday morning, the modernist 12-story hotel at Flower and 6th streets had become the scene of a fatal shooting and perhaps the latest case in a crime uptick that is sweeping through downtown.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m., gunfire erupted in the hotel during a local rappers visit and struck four people, according to Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department. All four were taken to the hospital, where one person was pronounced dead. As of Sunday night, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office had not yet identified the person who was killed.
No arrests have been made, and the only individual publicly identified by police is 21 year old Vincent Cabrera, who was the local rapper and the reported target in the shooting. According to police Cabrera is a local rapper from Fresno who was visiting for the weekend for a cd release/b-day party. Although not a suspect, Cabrera was accompanied by gang members from Fresno, which didn’t help the situation, says officials . An employee, who did not want to be identified because he was not allowed to speak to media, said a parking attendant found a handgun about 9 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot nearby.
Guests who had fled the hotel for safety had difficulty returning. Two guests, who declined to be identified, said they did not return to their rooms until after 5 a.m. Hotel staff told the guests they would not be charged for the night.
Although authorities did not comment publicly on a motive, witnesses said things got out of hand after an apparent argument about some people being kept out of a party. One of the victims lay outside the hotel, near a glass door that had shattered, a witness said. Hotel employees said at least two of the victims were found by the elevators. In a company statement, Standard International Management said it is cooperating with law enforcement. “We are shocked and outraged by the act of violence,” the company said, adding that the shooting was “the latest example of increasing street crime and gun violence in Los Angeles.”
To stem the rising crime, the LAPD has added more police officers to the area, including from the department’s elite Metropolitan Division.