Rafu Staff and Wire Service Reports
One of two men shot outside a Little Tokyo nightclub has died, Los Angeles police said Sunday.
LAPD Central Station watch commander Sgt. Dan Widman said Jackie Hoang, 29, of Alhambra died Saturday at County-USC Medical Center a few hours after the roughly 1:30 a.m. shooting at the Vault XXI Lounge, located in the Little Tokyo Galleria Shopping Center at Alameda and Third Streets.
“There may have been a dispute inside or outside the lounge,” Widman said. “But the suspect fired into the crowd on the patio, hitting the two men multiple times, leaving 10 bullet casings on the ground and then running away.”
Widman said he didn’t know whether the gunman’s dispute was with the two victims.
Lt. Paul Vernon told the Los Angeles Times, “We’re lucky more people were not injured in this attack … It appears the victims were targeted by the suspect as they stood at the entrance to the nightclub.”
Witnesses told police the gunman came into a courtyard with a semiautomatic pistol and started shooting after screaming a few words. The victims were smoking outside.
The shooter was masked, about 5 feet 6 inches with a medium build, wearing a brimmed, beige fedora-type hat, a dark flannel shirt and jeans, police said. He remains at large.
“There’s a number of people out there who do know who did this,” Vernon told the Times. “We’d hope they would come forward right away.”
Police withheld the name of the other wounded man, also in his 20s, who was reported in critical condition Saturday.
When contacted by the Rafu Shimpo on Monday morning, Sgt. Widman said he had not heard any new information on the case.
The club has been open for about one year, and is one of several night spots that have emerged recently as Little Tokyo continues to undergo a revitalization of its businesses and night life.
The management office at the Little Tokyo Galleria was closed at midday Monday, and calls to the Kaufman Commercial Group, the agency that manages the leasing of units in the shopping center, went unreturned.
The Galleria is anchored by the Woori Market, which specializes in Korean and Japanese groceries. Some store employees said they were told by management to act as if the shooting never happened and to avoid speaking about it.
Anyone with more information about the killing was asked to call detectives at the Central Station at (213) 972-1249.