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Hollywood shootout: Gunman fired gun in air, targeted Mercedes

December 9, 2011 | 12:14 pm

Hollywood shooting
A lone gunman, shooting randomly at cars in Hollywood with no apparent motive, was killed on Vine Street by Los Angeles police officers Friday morning.

A man he shot in a silver Mercedes Benz was in critical condition, police said.

The incident began about 10 a.m. south of Sunset Boulevard, police said.

A young man in a white tank top was spotted walking up the street yelling and firing a handgun in the air. He then turned to firing at passing motorists who seemed to be picked at random, including the man in the Mercedes, police sources said.

The gunman was eventually shot by a detective and an off-duty officer who may have been working on a movie set nearby.

Police have so far found no motive in the shooting.

In addition to a gun, the suspect also displayed a knife during the incident. Los Angeles Police Department detectives are now responding to the man’s home to make sure there is not a domestic incident or some other act of violence that precipitated the shooting.


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Photo: Police and fire officials at the scene of a Hollywood shooting. Credit: KTLA-TV