Hollywood shootout: Gunman reloaded at least once
The gunman who randomly opened fire on cars in Hollywood for several minutes Friday fired close to 20 rounds before being killed by Los Angeles police, leading investigators to believe that he reloaded at least once during his shooting rampage, authorities said Saturday.
Tyler Brehm, 26, was fatally shot by officers near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street minutes after wandering up the sidewalk, and then the street, and repeatedly firing what law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation described as .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.
According to sources, Brehm first began firing his gun in the air before he started to target motorists as he walked by a pawnshop on Vine near DeLongpre Avenue at 10:19 a.m.
Officials said he menaced drivers in the parking lot at a McDonalds then continued to fire as he walked north up Vine. It was just south of Sunset when he encountered a silver Mercedes sports car and fired several shots that hit vehicle, with at least one round striking music industry executive John Atterberry, who was in the car, in the face.
After shooting Atterberry, the gunman walked into the middle of Vine and the intersection with Sunset and continued firing into the air and at cars.
LAPD officials said several people had their windows shot out. It was not clear exactly where Brehm reloaded, but several witnesses reported seeing him placing a new clip into the weapon.
At 10:22 a.m., two LAPD officers, including an off-duty motor officer working on a movie set and an undercover detective working in the area, confronted the suspect and ordered him to drop his gun.
The LAPD said in a statement that "the suspect pointed his weapon at the motor officer and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The suspect fell to the ground and was immediately taken into custody. Officers immediately called for medical assistance."
Brehm, who was pronounced dead at the scene, came to the Hollywood area about a month ago and was subletting an apartment. He had no criminal record but had recently broken up with his girlfriend, although the sources said they have still not pinpointed a motive for the shooting.
--Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)