The owner of the Valley Village restaurant where four men were shot to death and two others were wounded said Sunday that police retrieved video from a camera at the entrance that shows who entered and left the building.
Artour Balian said the victims were sitting together and were the only customers inside the Hot Spot Cafe at the time of the shooting. They were all that was left of a group of 30 to 40 people who had reserved the cafe earlier that day and had arrived about 1 p.m. after attending a funeral, he said.
He said the cafe mostly serves groups who book the restaurant for birthday parties and other special events.
The victims had been sitting quietly, talking among themselves and didn't appear disturbed in any way, said Balian. They were served short ribs, sturgeon, hummus and other traditional Armenian foods.
Balian said he had just left the restaurant at the time of the shooting, to return to his home nearby.
He said he received a call from an employee about 4:30 p.m.
"They said 'hurry up, hurry up, they're killing each other,' " Balian said.
He rushed back to the restaurant and encountered a man drenched in blood walking on the sidewalk. Balian said he looked inside, saw the carnage and called police.