Crime & Justice

Leads elusive in shooting at Brewery Arts Complex of college football player

Sunday morning's shooting took place at the Brewery Artist Lofts, a Lincoln Heights artist-in-residence community pictured above.
Sunday morning's shooting took place at the Brewery Artist Lofts, a Lincoln Heights artist-in-residence community pictured above.
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Detectives have made no arrests and are still looking for information in the shooting of 22-year-old Ken McRoyal. A gunman killed the University of Idaho football player from Carson during the weekend outside the Brewery Arts Complex in Lincoln Heights.

About 500 artists work and live at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles’ Lincoln Heights neighborhood. It’s nicknamed “the Brewery” because it used to produce Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

Developers converted the 13 industrial buildings into about 300 units spread over nine acres. Twice a year, many artists in the complex open their studios to visitors for the Brewery Art Walk.

Kevin Flint, a painter and sculptor who lives and works there, said the weekend shooting hasn’t changed his perception that the area is safe.

"I think everyone’s upset with it, but I think most people realize it was an isolated incident — some sort of conflict came from the outside and came in, it wasn’t anybody at the Brewery being targeted," Flint said. "I think most people feel fairly safe. I mean we have gates, we have excellent security guards that patrol the campus. The neighbors are good about looking out for each other."

Flint said that when he heard gunfire from his upstairs loft, he rushed down to the parking lot. He said he and three other people tried to tend to McRoyal before paramedics arrived. McRoyal died from his injuries. A second man was shot in the arm and treated at a hospital.

Right before that incident, a photo shoot had wrapped up in one of the Brewery lofts. A fashion designer had rented it for a session to promote her new vintage clothing line.

A crew of about 40 people — models, designers, makeup artists and cameramen — was working the shoot.

Detectives say it was also someone’s birthday. It’s unclear what McRoyal and a small group with him were doing at the complex and whether they were invited to the photo shoot.

Detectives encourage anyone with more information about the shooting to call Hollenbeck Homicide Detective Marin or Chavarria at (323) 342-8961 or (323) 342-8957. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

The public may also submit tips online.