Gunman identified in Hollywood shooting incident
A man suspected of firing a shotgun from his Hollywood apartment building, triggering a visit from the LAPD bomb squad and an evacuation of the surrounding neighborhood, was identified Tuesday.
Robert Page, 42, was in custody on $250,000 bail one day after officers arrested him on suspicion of shooting into an inhabited building nearby, authorities said.
The incident, which began Monday at 3 p.m., started when police received a 911 call from a neighbor who reported hearing a single shot fired, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Bruce Borihanh. No one was injured and police do not believe Page was shooting at anyone, Borihanh said.
Officers responded to the building in the 6600 block of Sunset Boulevard and took three people into custody. Two of the three were questioned and released. But police found what appeared to be a stick of dynamite and called in the bomb squad, which determined that it was a Hollywood prop.
“Once they got in there, the officers determined that a shot had been fired and they did take a shotgun into custody,” Borihanh said.
KNBC Channel 4, citing interviews with neighbors, identified Page as a Hollywood prop master.
By the time the incident had concluded, officers had shut down Sunset Boulevard and locked down two nearby elementary schools, Borihanh said.
-- David Zahniser