LOS ANGELES, CA — A manhunt was underway Tuesday for a gunman who shot and killed another man following a fight at a busy restaurant at the Westfield Century City mall.
The shooting broke out Monday night just before 10:30 p.m. outside Javier’s, a busy restaurant/bar at the mall. An argument between two large groups started inside the restaurant and spilled outside where the gunman opened fire.
He repeatedly shot a 28-year-old man, according to the Los Angeles Police Department Detective John Radke, who told KNX 1070 Newsradio that investigators tracked a “blood trail through the mall.”
Officers responded to the shopping center, located in the 10200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, and found the victim suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, and authorities did not immediately release the name of the victim.
“There was some sort of verbal altercation that escalated to some females having a fight that later spilled out — outside the restaurant — to possibly some men having a fight,” Radke said. “And then, at one point, a member of that group armed himself with a firearm and he chased the victim around the outside of the mall and shot him multiple times.”
The gunman was described as black, about 25-30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds, according to police, who said he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans when last seen.