Police are searching for one or more suspects who shot and killed three men during a brawl at a bowling alley near Los Angeles late on Friday, US media reports say.
Among the dead were two best friends in their late 20s. Of the four others injured, two were taken to a hospital.
The shooting happened around 11.50pm at Gable House Bowl in Torrence, 20 miles from Los Angeles, said police who responded to calls of ‘shots fired’ at 11.54pm.
Witnesses said the popular spot was packed with patrons enjoying their time at the end of the workweek when a quarrel suddenly broke out near the entrance of the facility around 11.45pm.
Within minutes, shots were hears and clients and employees of Gable House took cover or fled. Gunshot victims were lying on the ground bleeding while their families and friends wept and shouted for help until police arrived and ran the yellow cordon tape around the crime scene.
Sergeant Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department said all seven gunshot victims were male. Three were pronounced dead at the scene.
Harris did not say whether the crime was a random act or related to gang fights. He remained silent on the names and ages of the victims, the number of shots fired and the guns used.
Police officers and firefighters treated the wounded until the ambulances arrived.
When police entered the Gable House to interview witnesses, they found scared patrons still hiding under the table.
Jesus Perez of San Pedro told the Los Angeles Times that he took cover in the bar after hearing the shots and waited for 15 minutes until security guards came to his help.
Brandon Tyre, another client, was bowling when shots rang out. His brother was shot in the chest.
Gable House Bowl is a favourite spot for clients and fights are rare, according to its employees.