BET Awards pre-show party violence leaves 1 dead, 5 others injured in Los Angeles

Jun 29 (TheWrap.com) - One person was killed and at least five others injured when violence unfolded at two BET Awards pre-show parties this weekend in Los Angeles.

In one incident, a man was shot to death and four others injured at an overnight gathering at Monalizza Restaurant and Banquet Hall in the 1100 block of Vermont Avenue, Officer Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap.

The shooting occurred around 5:17 a.m. on Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of partygoers, the LAPD said. It was unclear if the shooting happened inside or outside of the restaurant police said.

Three of the victims were rushed to local hospitals by ambulance, including an adult male who died a short time later. Two other people were taken to the hospital in private vehicles, according to police. Their conditions were not known.

Video from the scene, aired on local TV station CBS Los Angeles, showed partygoers filing out of the restaurant as paramedics performed CPR on one of the victims.

In a separate incident, a man was stabbed at a BET Awards pre-show party on Saturday night at Lure Nightclub in Hollywood.

The stabbing unfolded around 9 p.m. inside the club, which is located in the 1300 block of Ivar Avenue, the LAPD told TheWrap.

The victim, who was described as being in his 30s, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He suffered a puncture wound and a laceration to his stomach and was listed in stable condition, police said. 

A security guard inside the club told CBS Los Angeles that chart-topping rapper, The Game was among those attending the party when the stabbing took place. 

The Game was not injured, the security guard said. 

Both incidents remain under investigation and no arrests have been made in either case, police said. 

While organizers touted both gatherings as BET Awards pre-parties, police told TheWrap neither event was officially sanctioned by the awards show. 

The BET Awards are taking place on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. PT at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

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