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May 1, 2011

4/30/11 “Seven Shot at South L.A. (Watts) Benefit for Slain Friend:The suspects are believed to be gang affiliated.”

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SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Seven people were shot at a benefit party for a slain friend in SouthLos Angeles early Saturday morning.

The multiple shooting happened at a single family home on the 9600 block of Holmes Avenue at 1:15 a.m.

The event was arranged to offset funeral costs for 22-year-old Jesus Sanchez that was reportedly murdered in the same neighborhood, birthday girl Cathy told KTLA.

Cathy said she and her female friend were dancing with others when a gunman opened fire, striking 7 partygoers in their 20s.

“It was a mess,” one neighbor recalled. “Everyone was running like crazy.”

All 7 victims, 6 of them women, are expected to survive.

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