Family Mourns Mother Killed in Shooting at Mansion Party near Beverly Hills


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities this morning sought the persons responsible for a gang-related shooting at a large party taking place at a mansion in Beverly Crest north of Beverly Hills that killed a 35-year-old mother of three and left two other people hospitalized.

Police responded to the 13200 block of Mulholland Drive about 12:45 a.m. Monday and found three victims struck by gunfire, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters Tuesday.

The victims were taken to a hospital, one in grave condition, the other two in critical condition, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The woman who died at a hospital was identified by NBC4 as Brandi Parham.

Her daughter, Paige Atkins, told the station through tears she hopes whoever shot her mom “goes to jail for what they did, because now I can't see my mom anymore.''

A description of the shooters was not immediately available.

The shooting is considered a gang-related killing, partly based on social media activity, Ramirez said.

The two other gunshot victims remained hospitalized with stable vital signs, Ramirez said.

No arrests have been made.

Ramirez said the shooting was being investigated by detectives from the LAPD West Bureau Homicide office, and he urged anyone with information on the crime to call 213-382-9470.

The house had been rented for the party, according to reports from the scene.

A video posted to social media captured the sounds of the gunfire, at least six shots initially fired, followed by at least eight more. People attending the party continued on as if nothing had occurred following the gunfire, the video showed. About two minutes later, a hail of gunfire can be heard and people begin screaming and running and trying to find safe places to hide. The video also contained blurry images of what appeared to be two gunshot victims.

The Los Angeles Police Department received at least five calls from residents who reported instances of disturbing the peace in the neighborhood beginning about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Responding officers found a large party taking place at a three-story home with about 200 people attending, according to the LAPD.

Officers enforced traffic and parking violations, but did not enforce the county's health order banning large gatherings, the department said. Video from NBC4 showed vehicles being ticketed.

The organizer of the party, identified by NBC4 only as “Kenny,'' told the station the party was for his friends and masks were made available to guests, who also had to undergo a temperature check before being allowed inside.

No party attendees could be seen wearing masks in video shot by multiple broadcast outlets.

A food truck was on site and multiple high-end vehicle, including Lamborghinis and a Rolls Royce, could be seen on the video posted to social media.

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