What began as a party that drew a large group of people to a mansion on the famed Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles devolved into chaos and gunfire in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving five people wounded, one of whom later died, the authorities said.
The Los Angeles Police Department has opened a homicide investigation and is treating it as a “gang-related” matter, a spokesman said.
Large gatherings in private homes are banned under Los Angeles County’s public health orders because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there have been a number of reports of parties, and the developments raised broader questions about the ability of the police to enforce social-distancing measures.
Helicopter footage of partygoers gathering at the hillside home in the Beverly Crest neighborhood was broadcast by local news outlets throughout the day, and a number of police vehicles could be seen parked at the gate outside the property. There were no signs that the authorities had entered it before the shooting, however.
A video posted to Instagram by one partygoer showed a number of expensive cars crowding the driveway and a group gathered inside the hillside home before a series of gunshots were heard on two separate occasions. Police sirens are later heard and a voice yells, “L.A.P.D.” At least one wounded man can be seen on the ground as those around him call for help.
Police officers arrived shortly after 1:15 a.m. to find two women and a man wounded in the driveway, Lt. Chris Ramirez, the Police Department spokesman, said at a news conference on Tuesday morning. One of the women was later pronounced dead at a hospital, Lieutenant Ramirez said. The others were stable, he said.
In addition to those victims, another woman went to a hospital on her own, and a man was taken to a hospital “from the surrounding area,” and was later discharged, Lieutenant Ramirez said. The nature and severity of their injuries was not clear on Tuesday morning.
The authorities were searching for a motive, he said. No arrests have been made.
Officers initially responded around 7 p.m. to “multiple disturbance calls” about the property, Lieutenant Ramirez said. However, the complaints at the time involved noise and cars in the street, he said. Officers left after issuing citations to some cars and impounding others, Lieutenant Ramirez said.
“We did come out here for the public disturbance calls,” he said. “It was a private party. It was indoors. The main thing is how do you enforce the fact that it was a private party? If it’s a public gathering, it might be different.”
Hours later, the party was continuing, as seen in footage posted to social media from the mansion, which is just over the border with the city of Beverly Hills.
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The local news outlet KCAL 9, which was at the scene of the party on Monday night, interviewed a man who identified himself as Kennie D. Leggett who said he was handling security for the gathering. Mr. Leggett said that the party had been thrown for an unidentified N.F.L. player and that the property was a rental.
A surge in coronavirus cases since mid-June in California has prompted officials to reconsider moves to loosen some restrictions. Bars, indoor dining, and some beaches have been shut down again in much of the state, including in Los Angeles.
California surpassed New York last month as the state with the highest number of total coronavirus cases. As of Tuesday morning, there had been at least 522,200 cases and 9,500 deaths in California attributed to the illness, according to a New York Times database.
Over the past week, there have been an average of 7,876 new cases per day, a decrease of 14 percent from the average number of new cases two weeks earlier.
Allyson Waller contributed reporting.