Man fatally shot, 2 others wounded in overnight Reseda shooting

Los Angeles Police Department investigators were working to determine whether two separate crime scenes were related after a man was killed and two others were wounded in Reseda.

The first 911 call came in about a robbery shortly after 12 a.m. Friday in front of a tattoo shop on Sherman Way, just west of Reseda Boulevard. The tattoo shop was hosting an exhibit and people were gathered outside when suddenly, they were confronted and robbed at gunpoint by three men.

A short time later, there was a shooting and the LAPD said at least a dozen rounds were fired at the scene. Two of the victims were struck by the gunfire and were taken to a hospital. With the number of shell casings found on the street, investigators believe there was some type of gun battle. 

"Clearly this scene depicts something a little less consistent with their stories. So we’re canvassing for video, we’re canvassing witnesses, and hopefully, we will find something that will kind of resolve or reconcile those disparities," LAPD Capt. Alex Chogyoji said.

The investigation then took a turn when less than a mile away, another 911 call came in from a woman who reported a man’s body was propped up against a tree in front of an apartment complex near the intersection of Saticoy Street and Canby Avenue.

Officials said the man was suffering from at least one gunshot wound and had been shot at another location. He was taken to a hospital by paramedics, where he was declared dead by authorities. 

Witnesses said they saw multiple vehicles leaving the scene, including a white van. The van was found nearby later in the morning and investigators discovered three suspects linked to other crimes. However, it's unclear if they have anything to do with the armed robbery. 

The suspects were arrested and detectives were working to determine if they are connected to the shooting outside the tattoo shop. 

Anyone with information on the investigations is asked to contact LAPD’s West Valley Station.