What began as a party that drew a large group of people to a mansion on the famed Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles devolved into chaos and gunfire in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving at least three people wounded.
Large gatherings in private homes are banned under Los Angeles County’s public health orders because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there have been a number of reports of parties, and the developments raised broader questions about the ability of the police to enforce social-distancing measures.
Helicopter footage of partygoers gathering at the hillside home was broadcast on local news outlets throughout the day, and a number of police vehicles could be seen parked at the gate outside the property. There were no signs that the authorities had entered it before the shooting, however.
A video posted to Instagram by one partygoer showed a number of expensive cars crowding the driveway and a group gathered inside the hillside home before a series of gunshots are heard on two separate occasions. Police sirens are later heard and a voice yells, “L.A.P.D.” At least one wounded man can be seen lying on the ground as those around him call for help.
According to several local reports citing a police spokesman, Los Angeles officers initially responded to a call of a noise complaint at the property around 7:30 p.m. and had sought the person responsible for the gathering. But hours later, the party was continuing, as seen in footage posted to social media from the mansion.
The local news outlet KCAL 9, which was at the scene of the party on Monday night, interviewed a man who identified himself as Kennie D. Leggett who said he was handling security for the gathering. Mr. Leggett said that the party had been thrown for an unidentified N.F.L. player and that the property was a rental.
A surge in coronavirus cases since mid-June in California has prompted officials to reconsider moves to loosen some restrictions. Bars, indoor dining, and some beaches have been shut down again in much of the state, including in Los Angeles.
California surpassed New York last month as the state with the highest number of total coronavirus cases. As of Tuesday morning, there had been at least 522,200 cases and 9,500 deaths in California attributed to the illness, according to a New York Times database.
Over the past week, there have been an average of 7,876 new cases per day, a decrease of 14 percent from the average number of new cases two weeks earlier.