Seven injured in `Running Gun Battle' in North Hollywood

Police are interviewing witnesses as they try to piece together what happened at a house party early Sunday morning in North Hollywood, where five people were shot and two others suffered other injuries.

Police were called to the scene a little before 1 a.m., in response to complaints of a loud party. At least two people were being detained in what police said was a "running gun battle," according to Lt. Bob Toledo of the Los Angeles Police Department.

None of the injuries are considered critical, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Paramedics were sent to 12719 W. Tiara St., near Oxnard Street, at 12:58 a.m. and took all seven injured victims to a hospital, Stewart said.

At least 100 people were at the party and the participants came from as far as the Inland Empire and the South Bay, Toledo said.

"Casings from several different caliber firearms were at the scene, indicating there is likely more than one suspect," said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

Three men and two women -- all in their 20s -- suffered gunshot wounds.

"Two others were injured while people were rushing to leave the are," Lopez said.