Hollywood shootout: Music executive dies of injuries
A music executive who was critically injured by a gunman who opened fire Friday on passing motorists in Hollywood has died of the gunshot wounds he sustained, Los Angeles police said.
Music and real estate executive John Atterberry was driving near Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street when he was blasted three times in the face and neck by the gunman, later identified by authorities as Tyler Brehm, 26.
Brehm began firing a .40-caliber handgun at motorists, police said. He shot Atterberry's silver Mercedes-Benz coupe. According to a biography posted on the Facebook page of the event promotions company GridLock Group, where Atterberry served as senior partner and chief financial officer, he was a Los Angeles native who got his start working in artists and repertoire for Tabu Records.
He worked in marketing in the fashion industry, then returned to the music industry, where he became the vice president of Death Row Records. The label was home to some of the biggest acts in West Coast hip hop, including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
He later founded Los Angeles-based music publishing company Infusion Music Group, where he worked on albums for Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Brandy, the Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson.
The gunman fired about 20 rounds before he was killed by Los Angeles police.
Brehm reportedly had broken up with his longtime girlfriend days before the rampage. His ex-girlfriend, Alicia Alligood, told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that he seemed "stressed out" after the breakup and may have been taking prescription drugs.
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Photo: The covered body of gunman Tyler Brehm lies in the street. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times