The four people shot and killed in what California officials are calling a targeted attack have been identified as a woman celebrating her 20th birthday with her sister and two young male friends.
Breahna Stines was celebrating her 20th birthday with her sister Marneysha Hamilton, 25, and their friends Teron Whittiker Jr., 21, and his cousin Jayden Griffin, 21, when they were fatally shot in Inglewood on Sunday.
The two women and Whittiker were pronounced dead at the scene while Griffin was rushed to a hospital where he later died. One other man was also shot and remains in critical condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center but is expected to survive.
Police responded around 1:30am to reports of shots fired at an unregulated Airbnb rental home on the 1300 block of Park Avenue, Mayor James Butts told reporters.
Multiple shooters ‘ambushed’ the party with at least one using an assault weapon, the mayor said. Several weapons were recovered from the scene.
The suspects remain at large as violent crime in Southern California continues to soar under progressive Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon.
Sisters Breahna Stines, 20, and Marneysha Hamilton, 25, were shot and killed on Sunday
Cousins Teron Whittiker Jr., 21, and Jayden Griffin, 21, were fatally shot at Stines’ birthday party in Inglewood over the weekend
The two women and two men were shot and killed and another man was hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting in Inglewood
The man who is in critical condition, admitted to being part of a gang in another city
Police believe the shooting was gang-related but have not released a motive or suspects
Multiple weapons were recovered from the scene leading authorities to believe there were several shooters on Sunday
Distraught attendees of the party could be seen crying and comforting each other at the scene
‘They both were outgoing, beautiful girls,’ said the mother of the two slain sisters, Tiffney, who did not want her last name used.
‘They both had futures ahead of them, and to have it taken away,’ she told the Los Angeles Times.
The sisters grew up in Long Beach. Their mother said Stines, who lived in Rialto, was enrolled at the United Education Institute as a nursing student, and Hamilton, who lived in Los Angeles, worked two jobs for the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the funeral and memorial costs ‘as their parents and family grieve during this horrific time.’
Police responded to reports of shots fired at a rental home on the 1300 block of Park Avenue
Neighbors said there were about 10 people at the birthday celebration when the shooting took place.
People who were in the area have reported hearing dozens of rounds of large and small caliber gunfire Sunday evening.
‘I didn’t hear anything but the shots,’ a neighbor told CBS LA. ‘I didn’t hear the music or the party.’
‘We hear the shots,’ the neighbor said. ‘At first I thought it was firecrackers but then I thought ‘This sounds like war.”
The mayor had reported that the surviving victim is a known gang member in another city. Authorities are investigating if the shooting was gang related but have not revealed a motive.
‘These are sociopathic killers that have to be sequestered from society,’ the mayor said during a news conference.
‘We will find you and prosecute you.’
He described the incident as the worst single shooting crime in Inglewood since the 1990s.
Mayor James Butts told reporters that it is the deadliest shooting in Inglewood since the 1990s
The investigation remains ongoing as police canvassed the area looking for witnesses or surveillance footage after the shooting
A memorial has been set up on the sidewalk outside the rental home where the shooting took place
Officers interviewed witnesses and canvassed the neighborhood looking for possible security camera footage.
‘Our entire homicide unit is working this crime,’ Butts said.
At least 13 people were killed in Inglewood in 2021, according to a report by the LA Times.
The new year has started with a spike in violence in the city of about 100,000, ten miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, with six homicides already reported in January.
Los Angeles saw nearly 400 killings last year, marking the most homicides since 2007.