Hollywood shootout: Man shot in face is music industry executive
A man shot in the face during Friday's Hollywood shootout was in critical condition at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.
John Atterberry of Hollywood, who works as a music industry executive, was sitting in his silver Mercedes sports car Friday near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street when the gunman shot him in the face. The gunman fired indiscriminately at cars and pedestrians before being fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers.
Law enforcement sources said Atterberry is a longtime recording industry manager and promoter, involved in such acts as the Spice Girls, Brandy and Jessica Simpson.
Police don't have a motive for the shooting rampage, which was captured on videotape by several bystanders.
Witnesses described the chaotic scene in the heart of Hollywood as both terrifying and surreal as the gunman walked down the street and paused at the intersection of Sunset and Vine, randomly shooting at passing motorists.
As the violence unfolded, pedestrians ducked for cover and drivers slammed on their brakes to avoid the gunman. Dozens of people, many of whom described it vividly in Tweets, said it didn't even seem real at first.
"At first it seemed like a movie," said photographer Gregory Bojorquez, who was walking to a bank when he saw people running and screaming that a gunman was on the loose.
"But then you could hear the shots hitting metal," he added.
The suspect, whose body lay covered in a white sheet on Vine for several hours after he was shot, is a 26-year-old Los Angeles man, said LAPD Sgt. Mitzi Fierro. His family has asked that his name be withheld until other relatives could be notified. The reason for the shooting remains less than clear. Fierro said detectives are interviewing his friends.
"He wanted to die a loud death," said Trey Beffa, co-owner of K&L Wine Merchants on Vine, who said he was taking an order for Cabernet from a customer when he noticed the gunman, who was also clutching a knife, walking up the street, firing indiscriminately.
Atterberry is "a great guy, a great guy," said one of his friends outside the victim's Hollywood Hills home Friday in an interview with KNBC 4. The friend said Atterberry planned to throw a Christmas party at the home next week.
--Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton