A man was brutally beaten to death early Friday outside a popular rooftop bar in West Hollywood, Calif., authorities said amid a search for two suspects.
The deadly encountered unfolded just after midnight outside the Asian fusion hotspot E.P. & L.P. at the corner of Melrose Ave. and La Cienega Blvd., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Reported at 12:27 a.m., the incident also injured another man who was with the victim who died, officials said.
“It appears to be one of those things where the suspect thought the victims were talking about him,” Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred told the Los Angeles Times.
“He accused the victims, ‘Why are you talking about me?’” Alfred said. “[One of the victims] said, ‘We’re not talking about you,’ and it escalated from there.”
The alleged assailants, a man and a woman, hit the victim with a blunt object, possibly a bottle, and knocked him down before brutally kicking him and stomping on his head as he lay unconscious, Alfred said.
The victim, who was not identified pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim’s friend, a 49-year-old Los Angeles man, suffered some “superficial injuries” to his head but was not taken to a hospital, Alfred said.
“Right now, it doesn’t appear that they had any kind of interaction at all inside the establishment,” Alfred told The Times, saying the confrontation started when “everybody was leaving.”
Investigators were reviewing video surveillance and credit card receipts from the cashless bar to identify the two suspects last seen running north on La Cienega Boulevard, Alfred said.