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Shooting in Beverly Hills in US state of California leaves three dead, four others injured

This photo shows US police officers investigating a shooting at a short-term rental near Beverly Hills, which left three people dead, in Los Angeles, California, Saturday, January 28, 2023. (via AFP)

Three people have been shot dead and four others injured at a home near Beverly Hills, at what US police described as a gathering at a short-term rental property.

Emergency services rushed to the swanky address in the Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles late Saturday, where they found three people dead in a vehicle parked outside.

Four others were being treated at hospital, two of them for critical injuries.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said the attack was not random. Neighbors reported seeing several cars driving away from the shooting scene within minutes of the gunfire.

The incident happened in an area nestled between Beverly Hills and Bel Air, where multi-million dollar homes with lush landscaping are located.

Detectives investigating the attack say it happened at a "short-term rental home," The Los Angeles Times reported.

Homes close to the scene of the shooting -- which were not involved -- were shown as available on AirBnB at up to $10,000 for a weekend.

The property at which the shooting took place was not listed on the site.

Police said there was some kind of gathering at the location.

"We called it a gathering, until we can interview some of the people that were here to determine exactly what kind of gathering it was," Los Angeles Police Department's Bruce Borihanh told reporters.

"Investigators are also going door to door and looking for additional surveillance videos, or any evidence that can help us determine what happened here and why these victims were shot," he added.

The entire block was cordoned off with crime scene tape early Saturday and multiple LAPD vehicles were on the scene. LAPD forensic scientists were also on the scene scouring for evidence.

The incident came just a week after two mass shootings in California, which claimed the lives of 18 people.

In the first incident, 11 people were fatally injured in a mass shooting in Monterey Park. Three days after that, a gunman killed seven people at two farms around Half Moon Bay.

The mass shootings marked one of California’s bloodiest spates of gun violence in decades.

(Source: AFP)

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