Gunman opens fire in Hollywood before being killed by police

December 10th, 2011 - 7:03 pm ICT by BNO News  

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — A gunman opened fire in the famous Los Angeles district of Hollywood on Friday, randomly shooting at people before being killed by police, local media reported.

The gunman, a young white male wearing a white tank top, was seen standing in the middle of Vine street in Hollywood when he opened fire at passing motorists at random. He also fired in the air, causing panic as people ran for cover.

A 40-year-old man who was driving a silver Mercedes Benz was shot in the head and reported to be in a critical condition, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound to his jaw.

The Los Angeles Police Department brought the shooting rampage to an end by fatally shooting the gunman in the middle of the intersection at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. Photographer Gregory Bojorquez, who witnessed the incident, told the Los Angeles Times that when police arrived at the scene and ordered the gunman to the ground and surrender, he began screaming he ‘wanted to die.’

The gunman, who was also reportedly armed with a knife, then appeared to reach for his gun when a police officer opened fire and fatally shot him.

Both the gunman’s identity and his motive were not immediately known, but the incident showed similarities to the phenomena which is known as ’suicide by cop’.


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