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Hollywood shootout: Gunman asked man videotaping for more ammunition

December 10, 2011 |  8:22 am


As he randomly fired on drivers and pedestrians in Hollywood Friday, a gunman turned to a man videotaping the scene from a building above and asked for more ammunition.

The bizarre incident was captured on tape by Chris Johns, CEO of Support Save Solutions, who videotaped the shooting that wounded one passing driver and ended when the gunman was fatally shot by police.

Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Mitzi Fierro would say only that the gunman was a 26-year-old white male from Los Angeles. She said his name was being withheld at the request of his mother because not all of his relatives had been informed of his death.

Photos: A deadly scene in a Hollywood intersection

The reason for the shooting remains unclear. Fierro said detectives are interviewing the gunman's friends and family.

Johns told KCBS-TV that he tried to get the gunman's attention as he filmed the shooting. The gunman responded, at one point looking up and saying, “Send me ammo.”

“I tried to shout random things … anything that came to mind to slow him down," Johns told the station, which aired pieces of the video. The gunman is also heard in the video asking for an ambulance to be sent to the scene.

The gunman was fatally shot by Los Angeles police after he pointed his handgun at more than a dozen people and cars near Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard about 10 a.m. Friday.

Two officers fired shots at the man, who was armed with a gun and knife.

In the midst of his rampage, the gunman shot the driver of a Mercedes-Benz in the jaw. That man remains hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

No one else was injured.


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