Authorities ID 2 People Killed in Multi-Victim Shooting at New Year’s Party

Authorities ID 2 People Killed in Multi-Victim Shooting at New Year’s Party

Los Angeles Police Department officers respond to civil unrest in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 6, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

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Updated: 1/11/2024

LOS ANGELES—A man and a woman who were killed in a shooting at an underground New Year’s party in downtown Los Angeles that left eight other people wounded were identified Jan. 2.
The shooting occurred at 12:53 a.m. Monday at 2350 Porter St., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Deven Whitaker, a 24-year-old Los Angeles man, and Miah Banks, a 26-year-old Azusa woman, died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner and the LAPD.
According to the LAPD, officers received a radio call of an “ambulance shooting” at 15th Street and Santa Fe Avenue, and as they arrived on the scene, they heard several gunshots coming from the area of Santa Fe Avenue and Porter Street.
The officers then saw a large crowd of people fleeing the area, where there were multiple victims lying on the street and sidewalk on Porter Street, between Santa Fe Avenue and Mateo Street, police said.
Life-saving efforts were attempted, and several victims were taken to local hospitals, but a man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The victims were attending a New Year’s Eve celebration at an underground party in the 2300 block of Porter Street, police said. During the party, a dispute occurred between unknown people resulting in shots being fired, police said.
No suspect descriptions were released, and no arrests were reported.
Anyone with information was urged to call Detective Howarth, of the LAPD’s Operations-Central Bureau Homicide office, at 213-996-4143, or 877-LAPD-247. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or use the website.
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