Crime & Justice

Unusual shooting outside Hollywood nightclub leaves 1 dead

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Hollywood has seen an explosion in nightlife over the past few years, but LAPD statistics indicate no increase in violent crime associated with it.

Early Sunday morning, gunshots broke any calm when a man shot two people outside a popular Cahuenga Boulevard nightclub, killing one man and wounding a woman.

“Officers responded to a radio call of a fight at a party, with shots fired, around 2 a.m.,” LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Police did not identify the man who was killed, but said he was in his early 20s. He was hit near the front of the Empire nightclub, which sits just north of the busy intersection of Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevards.

A woman was hit in the leg. Earlier, police said a third man was shot, but that report was wrong. Police said someone punched him. Detectives are looking for suspects.

“There appeared to be numerous fights outside that may have started inside the club,” Sgt. Sal Ogaz said.

“It’s unknown if its gang related, or what the motive was,” Eisenman said.

Violent crime fell seven percent over the past two years in Hollywood. Six people were murdered in 2012, two fewer than the year before.