Photo taken night of, by Mark Hurtado
A night of laughs turned into a night of confusion and sadness for patrons at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Last night during a regular night of show’s at the comedy club, a unidentified man was shot and killed outside. The LA Times was one of the first outlets to catch the news, and shared details of shooting.
A man was fatally shot early Wednesday while standing on a patio outside the Comedy Store in West Hollywood as more than 150 patrons attended shows inside the venue. The man was standing with a group of people outside the comedy venue at about 12:49 a.m. when a man wearing a hoodie walked up and opened fire, said Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The victim, a man in his 20s, was struck at least once in the upper torso. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead. He was not identified. The gunman ran away before deputies arrived at the club in the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard, Jauch said. Witnesses told KTLA-TV that at least six shots were fired. Detectives planned to contact businesses in the area to review surveillance footage.
Update: The Comedy Store announces closing until further notice. (Via Instagram)
The Comedy Store will be closed tonight, October 14, 2015, because of a tragic homicide last night outside our venue. We are cooperating with law enforcement to assist their investigation in every way possible. We intend to reopen very soon and will let everyone know our schedule in a timely manner. We are shocked and saddened that something like this happened outside our venue and are doing everything possible to assist our employees, patrons, and law enforcement to ensure we remain the safe and entertaining venue we have been for over 4 decades.
Local act, comedian Bradt Tobler admitted to witnessing the shooting, and took to Facebook about seeing the man shot feet away.The shooter is still at large, keep you posted as more details surface.
I have been sitting in this police station for the last 5 hours, because somebody walked up and murdered a man 10 feet away from me last night. Just shot him in the middle of the Comedy Store patio. I have never been that close to that kind of violence and it was something I will never forget. It was so scary and very sad. I guess you never know when you are going to die, but I am glad today was not my day.