Following reports on social media that a shooter was active inside Soho House West Hollywood on Wednesday morning, sources close to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood social club and train station confirmed they had Variety that the incident occurred in the parking lot of the building and that no shots were fired.
A representative from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood station said that since no shots were fired, it was not an active shooter situation.
On Wednesday morning, the LASD West Hollywood Station tweeted that it was looking for an assault with a deadly weapon suspect, and received a call around 8:18 a.m. to report the person, who was described by LASD as a “grown male “. wearing a gray sweatshirt. LASD also tweeted that the suspect “pointed a handgun at the victim.”
This morning, at around 8:18 a.m., the West Hollywood train station received a call about a possible assault with a deadly weapon.
West Hollywood Station has active containment and investigation at the 9200 block of Sunset Blvd.
What we know: pic.twitter.com/SwP8tLwBxp
— LASD West Hollywood (@WHDLASD) April 27, 2022
A source close to the social club said the entire building at 9200 Sunset Blvd. was on lockdown, not just Soho House. The source noted that the entrance to Soho House is through the parking lot of the building, where the suspect was seen.
The incident happened in the parking lot of the building where Soho House is located, but not in the Hollywood hotspot. A person who works in the building explained what happened, sharing that a person who worked in the building went to the parking lot – which is usually filled with many high-end luxury cars – when she noticed that someone appeared to be breaking into or stealing his vehicle. When the worker confronted the apparent thief, they pulled out a gun, but then quickly left the building and headed towards Sunset towards Beverly Hills. After the incident, some floors of the building were locked down and some employees were ordered not to leave. Soho House has now reopened.
Around 11:30 a.m., the scene at Soho House was business as usual. Not a single police car or authority was in the building, a clear signal that the matter had been solved and the place was deemed safe. In the parking lot – which happens to be the entrance to the member’s only club – the valet staff who had just arrived said they were unaware of any situation, with one claiming that he hadn’t heard the news. In fact, two women dressed in high-end fashionable clothes were walking out with smiles on their faces, and a man in sunglasses and a fedora was standing right outside the entrance chatting happily on the phone.
The SoHo House is an international members-only club that caters to elites and creatives from all industries. The West Hollywood location is a hotbed for Hollywood hookups and dating. By day, a number of top screenwriters camp out in luxurious leather cabins to work on script drafts and pound Diet Coke. At night, the garden terrace offers koi ponds and panoramic views of Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Wagmeister, Marc Malkin and Matt Donnelly contributed to this report.