Hollywood Shooting – Hollywood pedestrians and drivers were fired upon in a shooting by a gunman who was yelling “Is this the end?” before being fatally shot by Los Angeles Police Department officers.
The gunman calmly pointed his handgun and opening fire on passing cars near Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard near the ArcLight Cinema.
A man driving a Mercedes was shot in the jaw and taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was in critical condition. He is expected to survive.
The scene resembled a fast-moving Hollywood production, said some witnesses, leaving them with the sensation that they’d witnessed something surreal.
Emmanuel Fierro, 21, staying with a friend in another apartment above the intersection and also a student at the recording school, said, “I walk through these streets every day to go to school.”
“I couldn’t believe what was happening in the streets,” he said, “but I guess this is Hollywood.”
The attacks began about 10 a.m. south of Sunset, police said.
A young man in a white tank top was spotted walking up the street yelling and firing a handgun in the air. He then turned to firing at passing motorists who seemed to be picked at random, including the man in the Mercedes, police sources said.
The gunman was eventually shot by a detective and an off-duty officer who may have been working on a movie set nearby.
Police have so far found no motive in the shooting.
In addition to a gun, the attacker also displayed a knife during the incident. LAPD detectives have gone to the manâ€™s home to make sure there was not a domestic incident or some other act of violence that precipitated the shooting.