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Hollywood shootout: Witness describes 'crazy man' on Twitter

December 9, 2011 | 11:41 am

Los Angeles police shot and killed a gunman who had begun firing at several people near the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood at a busy intersection teeming with tourists and locals.

Many of the witnesses began tweeting their harrowing experiences, with one describing a "crazy man" who began shooting randomly. Some ducked behind cars. Others watched out of the windows of their offices.

One Twitter user, @lestermendez, said he put his car in reverse and drove backwards as fast as possible to avoid the gunman.

The gunman opened fire on people and cars, and officials are still trying to determine how many people were hurt.

Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andy Smith said LAPD officers shot and killed the gunman. Much of the area was closed off by officials, causing traffic snarls across Hollywood.

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