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L.A. Chinese Consulate shooting: protester arrested

December 15, 2011 |  5:51 pm

Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, site of shootingLos Angeles police have arrested a man they say fired shots at a security guard outside the Chinese Consulate in Wilshire Center on Thursday afternoon, missing his target and hitting the building multiple times.

The man, identified only as being in his 50s, gave himself up to authorities. There were no reports of injury in the shooting, which took place about 2:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Shatto Place.

LAPD officials said a group of protesters had gathered outside the consulate when one man in the group got into a verbal dispute with a security guard, who allegedly had taken a sign from the man and tossed it in the trash.

The protester got into a vehicle and fired multiple shots in the direction of the security guard. Nine shots were fired and several hit the building, police said. All missed the security guard.

Police said a weapon has been recovered.

It was not immediately clear what the nature of the protest was, officials said.


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Photo: Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles Credit: Ken Lubas