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ONE KILLED, 4 WOUNDED AT BIG PARTY SHOOTER IS STILL AT LARGE, SAY POLICE.

Byline: Lisa M. Sodders Staff Writer

WOODLAND HILLS - Gunshots killed one man and injured four others, two of them critically, when a gang dispute broke out at a large house party early Saturday in an upscale hillside neighborhood, police said.

Officers were called at 1 a.m. to the 4400 block of San Blas Avenue, near Mulholland Drive and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon and a loud party in progress, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Sara Faden.

When police arrived, juveniles and young adults were running from the house, the shooter among them. The suspect is still at large.

Officers found Jaime Galindo Chavez, 26, of Reseda lying dead on the living room floor, said LAPD spokeswoman Kristi Sandoval. He had been shot multiple times in the head and body.

Police estimated more than 200 people were at the party, including many gang members, Sandoval said.

After a fight broke out, a male suspect pulled a gun out of the waistband of his pants and fired numerous times at Chavez and then fired indiscriminately into the crowd, striking four other males.

Two of the injured were taken to a hospital and were listed in critical condition, Sandoval said.

The two other injured men suffered less serious wounds. They received medical treatment and were released.

Neighbors, who declined to give their names, described their neighborhood - with its winding, narrow streets - as peaceful. They said loud parties or disturbances were almost unheard of.

One nearby resident said two frightened women pounded on his door after the shooting began. He said the women told him the gathering was a ``flier'' party - one in which scores of people are invited to an event by passing out printed fliers.

The house that neighbors identified as the party location had a large hole near the front door, where a flight of wooden steps formerly stood. The stairs were smashed from the weight of the crowd.

A man who emerged from the garage Saturday declined to comment to a reporter.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the LAPD West Valley Division homicide detectives at (818) 374-7725.

Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663

lisa.sodders(at)dailynews.com
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