Teen Killed, Three Wounded in Downtown LA Nightclub Melee

A teenager was shot to death and two men were wounded when a dance floor stabbing escalated into a melee outside a downtown Los Angeles nightclub.

Police say violence erupted at about 1:30 a.m. Friday at the LA Crash Mansion, a newly reopened and renamed nightclub at Olympic Boulevard and Grand Avenue that caters to an 18-and-over crowd.

Detectives say a young woman was stabbed in the arm on the dance
floor and the crowd began to leave in large numbers.

Lt. Paul Vernon says "that's when a man with a gun started shooting at other men in the parking lot."

Joseph Cosina was shot multiple times. The 19-year-old Downey man died later at California Hospital. Two other men and the woman who was stabbed were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening wounds.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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