Five people were injured in a “tragically ironic” shooting a few miles from where a gun buyback event was happening in Los Angeles on Saturday, officials said.
The five male victims were at Royal Palms Beach barbecuing with a large group of people around 5:45 p.m. when two males approached and a physical altercation ensued, Los Angeles police said.
Using a handgun, the gunmen fired multiple rounds at the group, then fled in a vehicle.
All five victims were taken to local hospitals. Two were in critical condition Saturday, two were in serious condition and one was stable, police said.
The chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Janice Hahn, was hosting a gun buyback event, where residents could exchange their guns for compensation, just a few from the shooting, she tweeted Saturday.
“We’re outraged and saddened by the shooting at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro that has left 5 people injured. It’s tragically ironic that today we hosted a gun buy-back event just a few miles away from this location. Gun violence is wreaking havoc on our community,” she wrote in the joint statement with council member Tim McOsker.