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LAPD looks for gunman near MacArthur Park [Updated]

August 16, 2011 |  7:14 pm

LAPD in Westlake. Los Angeles police were swarming an area near MacArthur Park on Tuesday evening after receiving reports of a man with a gun in the area.

No shots were reported but officers were asking transportation officials to close an area near 7th Street and Alvarado Street in Westlake to vehicles, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The LAPD was also asking that pedestrians avoid the park and adjacent streets as a safety precaution while officers search for a suspect. "We're looking for people to stay out of the area," Officer Sara Faden said.

Numerous patrol cars had converged on the area as a police helicopter circled overhead. No additional details were available.

[Updated at 8:25 p.m.: No gunman was located, and the area has been reopened to vehicles and pedestrians, the LAPD said.]

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Map shows area of LAPD activity. Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.

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