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3 killed, 12 injured in shooting at LA birthday party

Three people were killed and 12 were injured during a shooting at a South Los Angeles birthday party early Saturday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Crowds were gathered to celebrate a birthday at a home that was used as a non-permit makeshift restaurant in the 2800 block of Rimpau Boulevard when shots rang out around 12:28 a.m., KTLA reported.

At some point during the night, three people, possibly two men and one woman, left the party and returned with guns, Sgt. Frank Preciado of the LAPD said.

The group opened fire and shots were returned, according to police. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and 12 were transported to local hospitals in various conditions.

Police said "several additional victims self-transported to area hospitals," Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez said.

Bojorquez didn't say where the shooting happened, other than it was in the area of South Rimpeau and Jefferson boulevards.

The shooting drew dozens of police officers and other responders to the scene, but no suspects were in custody early Saturday morning, he said.

"We had as many as 50 LAPD officers responding initially, and roughly the same amount of fire department personnel responded to treat and transport victims," Bojorquez said.

Details about what led to the violence weren't released.