Police say one person was killed and four injured after a shooting at a party ahead of the BET Awards in Los Angeles. LAPD officer Drake Madison said shots were reported at a Vermont Avenue venue shortly after 5am this morning, killing one person and wounding four others. Madison says it was not immediately clear whether the shooter attended the gathering or fired from outside the restaurant and banquet hall. The shooter is still at large, officials told CBS Los Angeles.
Madison said the party was related to the BET Awards, but it was not part of the official events. It wasn't the first act of violence before the BET Awards, either: A fight led to a stabbing at a pre-show celebration in Hollywood "filled with famous rappers," reports TMZ. It's not clear yet why the fight broke out, but the victim was listed in stable condition at Cedars-Sinai hospital. (Read more BET Awards stories.)