LAPD Shoots Man After Hollywood Stabbing Rampage
Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a man inside a Hollywood fast food restaurant after he allegedly stabbed multiple people, Los Angeles Police Department officials said Tuesday.
The shooting was reported about 2 p.m. at the corner of Ivar Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, said LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson.
CNN reporter Maeve Reston, who works out of the network’s building on Sunset, witnessed some of the chaos, reporting on Twitter that she saw a male suspect trying to stab people.
“Unclear how many stabbing victims there are, but suspect ran down Sunset Blvd. trying to stab people outside our CNN office in Hollywood,” Reston tweeted at 2:19 p.m.
The suspect reportedly entered the Jack in the Box restaurant on the corner and started stabbing people inside, according to LAPD Officer Sal Ramirez.
Officers responding to the assault with a deadly weapon call confronted the suspect inside the restaurant, “at which time an (officer-involved shooting) occurred,” Ramirez said. “The suspect went down and was taken into custody.”
LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado confirmed later from the crime scene that the suspect had died from his injuries.
Police officials said three people were stabbed during the incident. Two were transported to local hospitals, Ramirez said, adding that the investigation was ongoing.
Korbyn Gomez, a student at the L.A. Film School, just across the street from the shooting scene, said he saw the suspect approaching the area, armed with a knife.
“I had seen him (the suspect) walking with a big … bloody knife,” Gomez said from the scene Tuesday. “It was a butcher knife. He was 15 feet away from me.
“I got away. You could tell he was going to give it to anyone who was near.”
At least one of the stabbings reportedly took place outside the restaurant.