L.A. restaurant shooting kills 3, leaves 12 wounded

LOS ANGELES — An early morning argument at a Los Angeles restaurant operating out of a converted home apparently triggered gunfire that left three people dead and 12 wounded, two gravely, authorities said Saturday.

The restaurant owner told The Los Angeles Times that he runs a Jamaican catering business out of the house and was hosting a birthday celebration when the shooting broke out.

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said investigators were seeking a suspect he described as a black male, possibly accompanied by a woman.

Three people died at the scene, and 12 others were transported to local hospitals.

Lopez said two of the victims were in grave condition. Two of the wounded were released, and the others remain hospitalized with wounds are not considered life-threatening.

According to a preliminary investigation, a party was underway in the restaurant at 12:30 a.m. Saturday when an argument started.