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Police investigating fatal shooting at artist colony, site of former brewery

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Sunday morning's shooting took place at the Brewery Artist Lofts, a Lincoln Heights artist-in-residence.

Police are investigating two shootings, one of which was fatal, that took place early Sunday morning at a party at the site of a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery.

The Los Angeles Times reports that two men were shot at about 1:30 a.m. at the 600 block of Moulton Avenue in Lincoln Heights, at what is now the Brewery Artist Lofts, an artist-in-residence community.

Sergeant Michael Morisseau of the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division told the Times that investigators were still trying to determine whether it was gang-related. 

A 22-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and another man was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he is in stable condition according to Morriseau, who added that no other details were available.

According to the L.A. Times' Mapping L.A. project, previous to this incident, there had been no homicides in Lincoln Heights during the past six months. The past three months in the area had seen an average of about 2.5 violent crimes per week.

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Mike Kelley, LA artist, found dead in his South Pasadena home in apparent suicide

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Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

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Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

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Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

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Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

Marc Wathieu/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

Marc Wathieu/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

Marc Wathieu/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

Marc Wathieu/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

Marc Wathieu/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.

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Exhibition view, Mike Kelley, Educational Complex Onwards: 1995 - 2008, Wiels, Brussels (B), 2008.


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Mike Kelley, a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles but internationally renowned, was found dead in his South Pasadena home Tuesday.

South Pasadena Police Sgt. Robert Bartl told the Associated Press it appears Kelley committed suicide Tuesday. A family friend who was concerned about Kelley went to his home and called 911.

"It is totally shocking that someone would decide to do this, someone who has success and renown and options," Helene Winer of New York's Metro Pictures gallery told Blouin ArtInfo.

His work explored the dark side of American Life, according to the New York Times. "He mixed and matched kitschy pop culture with classical philosophical themes," the Times says in an obituary, and he was particularly known for sculptures of dirty stuffed animals, with large mixed media installations that included pop culture figures like Colonel Sanders and Sigmund Freud.

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