Suspected dynamite in Hollywood shooting turns out to be movie prop
A stick of suspected dynamite that caused authorities to cordon off a swath of Hollywood after a shooting and the apprehension of the suspected gunman turned out be a movie prop, police said Monday night.
The prop was found in the suspected shooter's apartment in the 6600 block of Sunset Boulevard after officers and a bomb squad swarmed the area and evacuated nearby residents and businesses, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The device, along with a shotgun and several other weapons, were allegedly recovered from the apartment Monday evening where the man was taken into custody.
Police said it was unclear what the man was doing with the movie prop.
"We don't know why he had it or how it came into his possession," Officer Karen Rayner told The Times.
Police took two other people into custody in connection with the incident, which began after 3 p.m. when police received a report of shots being fired from the balcony of the apartment building. No one was injured, the LAPD said.
Police were investigating whether shots were fired at workers at a nearby construction site.
After the shooting, officials locked down Selma Elementary School, at 6611 Selma Ave., the Los Angeles Unified School District said.
As the bomb squad inspected the device, police shut down an area bounded by Sunset Boulevard on the north, De Longpre Avenue on the south, North Cherokee Avenue on the west and Seward Street on the east.
— Robert J. Lopez