Gunman shot dead after firing on motorists at iconic Hollywood intersection

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Broad daylight on Sunset & Vine. Sounds like suicide by cop...

Gunman fires on motorists, others at Hollywood intersection

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Video taken by pedestrians captures a gunman striding down the street and shooting at passing motorists. The suspect, also clutching a knife, is shot dead by police. A victim is in critical condition.

By Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times

December 10, 2011
Wearing a white tank top and walking through one of Hollywood's most famous intersections with a gun in his right hand, the man shown in the video calmly spins on his heels and fires off a single shot as the black pickup passes by.

Then he casually strides down the middle of the street, never glancing back. The brief but intense video — one of dozens of images of the Friday morning violence in Hollywood — comes to an abrupt end before police arrive and open fire, killing the man.

Witnesses described the chaotic scene in the heart of Hollywood as both terrifying and surreal as the gunman walked down the street and paused at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, randomly shooting at passing motorists. A 40-year-old man, driving a Mercedes-Benz, was shot in the jaw and was in critical condition.

As the violence unfolded, pedestrians ducked for cover and drivers slammed on their brakes to avoid the gunman. Dozens of people, many of whom captured the shooting on video or described it vividly in Tweets, said it didn't even seem real at first.

"At first it seemed like a movie," said photographer Gregory Bojorquez, who was walking to a bank when he saw people running and screaming that a gunman was on the loose.

"But then you could hear the shots hitting metal," he added.

The suspect, whose body lay wrapped in a white sheet on Vine for several hours after he was shot, is a 26-year-old white male from Los Angeles, said LAPD Sgt. Mitzi Fierro. His family has asked his name be withheld until other relatives have been notified. The reason for the shooting remains less than clear. Fierro said detectives are interviewing his friends. Two officers fired shots at the man who was armed with a gun and knife.

"He wanted to die a loud death," said Trey Beffa, co-owner of K&L Wine Merchants on Vine Street, who said he was taking an order for Cabernet from a customer when he noticed the gunman, who was also clutching a knife, marching up the street, firing indiscriminately.

Police said they began receiving calls of a gunman firing at cars on Vine south of Sunset at about 10:15 a.m.

Shopkeeper Alex Gopstein said he first spotted the suspect standing in front of Hollywood Pawn Brokers, pointing a gun in the air and firing indiscriminately. The gunman, Gopstein said, then walked toward Sunset and started shooting at passing cars.

In all, police said, the gunman shot at or pointed his gun at more than a dozen motorists. One was hit. Pedestrians and merchants said they found it stunning that more people weren't injured, given the close-range shots the gunman fired.

Video of the scene, shot by witnesses, shows cars swerving or braking near the gunman. One driver veers toward the curb; another stops suddenly before turning around and driving off in the other direction. One motorist described in a Tweet how he threw his car in reverse, backing for a full block before spinning his car around and speeding away.

Pedestrians said they ducked into shops or diners to get out of harm's way.

Beffa said he watched in horror from his shop as a customer left a Bank of America at Sunset and Vine, apparently unaware what was happening, and walked to his car.

The gunman, Beffa said, "walked up to him when he was in his car and started yelling at him and fired point-blank range." He said he shot the car several times, the bullets shattering windows.

Bojorquez, the photographer, said that when he spotted a plainclothes officer emerge from his squad car, he pointed toward the gunman walking down the street and yelled out: "That is the guy"

The suspect, Bojorquez said, ignored officers' commands to get on the ground and surrender. "He was screaming that he was going to die and that he wanted to die," Bojorquez said.

Serge Durand, an Atlanta resident who was filming the scene from a nearby apartment, said he heard the gunman ask: "Is this the end?"

Police then fired.

Even after he was shot, Beffa said, the gunman kept yelling and running.

"He still had the gun in his hand," the wine merchant said. "You could see the blood on his white shirt. At that point, they finished him off."

"The officer shot like four times" Bojorquez said. "That officer saved a lot of lives."

The shooting, resembling a Hollywood movie and taking place near the ArcLight Cinemas and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Pickford Center, struck many as surreal.

"When I heard it, I didn't react to it being real," said Greg Watkins, a student at the Los Angeles Recording School who was walking on the street and had just removed his headphones to take a call from his girlfriend.

"This is Hollywood and they do film stuff all the time. I honestly thought they were filming something."

Emmanuel Fierro, 21, staying with a friend in an apartment above the intersection, said he walks Sunset nearly every day.

"I couldn't believe what was happening," he said. "But I guess this is Hollywood."

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hollywood-shootout-20111210,0,7496603,full.story
 

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The guy who found that eye witness, and the guy who picked her picture to be shown before the start of the vid, should both get a promotion.
 

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How are those restrictive gun laws working for you Cali??:trollol:


I picture somebody trying this in downtown Omaha and promptly being shot. Soon after the person doing the shooting would be given the key to the city and receiving the love and admiration of the public. All despite the media and the family of the gunman screaming that the perps civil rights were violated.
 

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I think the most important thing right now is to make it clear that the Muslim American community is one of the pillars of our culture, and a proud, contributing segment of the population, and that to say anything about Islam being any type of "problem" or a factor in any kind of violent behavior is tantamount to treason, and in fact such speech should be banned because, frankly, fuck the First Amendment.

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I think the most important thing right now is to make it clear that the Muslim American community is one of the pillars of our culture, and a proud, contributing segment of the population, and that to say anything about Islam being any type of "problem" or a factor in any kind of violent behavior is tantamount to treason, and in fact such speech should be banned because, frankly, fuck the First Amendment.

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I'm more worried about the giant backlash right now. :icon_cool

This guy's the California hippie version of the Dale Earnhardt fan in the coonskin hat from the news that Ron & Fez played.
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Didn't California recently make open carry illegal? How was this guy able to disobey the law? Hopefully they will lock up that gun and throw away the key so it can never harm anyone again.

I'm surprised no one plowed into him on purpose.
Its called learned helplessness and liberals suffer the most from it and believe only government can save them. Recently in Cali a woman shot a home invader and she was on the phone with 911 and the operator told her not to shoot because the police are on their way. The lady didn't listen and there is one less scumbag in the world.
 

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Recently in Cali a woman shot a home invader and she was on the phone with 911 and the operator told her not to shoot because the police are on their way. The lady didn't listen and there is one less scumbag in the world.
Surprised they didn't charge her with first degree murder.
 

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Its called learned helplessness and liberals suffer the most from it and believe only government can save them. Recently in Cali a woman shot a home invader and she was on the phone with 911 and the operator told her not to shoot because the police are on their way. The lady didn't listen and there is one less scumbag in the world.
And she probably had to defend herself in court.

California is awesome if you ignore the government and most of the residents.
 

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The shameful part is, some people really believe it.
Eh. Because gun control can 'work' in other countries, people just don't see the difference between nations. There's way too many illegal guns in the US for it to do anything but punish legal owners, obviously. Plus theres the ahem, 'minorities'. :icon_mrgr
 

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Eh. Because gun control can 'work' in other countries, people just don't see the difference between nations. There's way too many illegal guns in the US for it to do anything but punish legal owners, obviously. Plus theres the ahem, 'minorities'. :icon_mrgr
No such thing as an illegal gun, just illegal possession. Anything you can think of is legal under the right circumstances. A Title II manufacturer can make all the full auto AK47s they want perfectly legally, but not anyone can own or buy one.

People like to point at Europe as an example of gun control "done right." While most Euro countries have less "gun crime", many of them have higher violent crime rates. Plus, Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world, relatively lax gun laws (by Euro standards), yet they have insanely low crime rates.
 

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I think the most important thing right now is to make it clear that the Muslim American community is one of the pillars of our culture, and a proud, contributing segment of the population, and that to say anything about Islam being any type of "problem" or a factor in any kind of violent behavior is tantamount to treason, and in fact such speech should be banned because, frankly, fuck the First Amendment.

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I'm all for the First Amendment, as long as there's someone making sure nothing hurtful is being said.
 
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Eh. Because gun control can 'work' in other countries, people just don't see the difference between nations. There's way too many illegal guns in the US for it to do anything but punish legal owners, obviously. Plus theres the ahem, 'minorities'. :icon_mrgr
Gun control is not what's working in those countries. As Plank just pointed out Switzerland has ridiculously low rates because it's a cool place to live so people don't fuck each other up. Someone with intent will always find a way Gun control laws do nothing. How's Mexico as an example?
 

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No such thing as an illegal gun, just illegal possession. Anything you can think of is legal under the right circumstances. A Title II manufacturer can make all the full auto AK47s they want perfectly legally, but not anyone can own or buy one.

People like to point at Europe as an example of gun control "done right." While most Euro countries have less "gun crime", many of them have higher violent crime rates. Plus, Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world, relatively lax gun laws (by Euro standards), yet they have insanely low crime rates.
400 victims of knife crimes each week



The full extent of stabbings and robberies at knifepoint is made clear in the country's first census of knife crime.



Police recorded 5,023 serious knife crimes in England and Wales in the first three months after they began to count the offences as a separate crime category last spring. It is equivalent to about 400 offences per week.


The highest rate is in London, where every resident has a one-in-1,100 chance of falling victim over the course of a year.

Londoners stand more chance of being stabbed or robbed at knifepoint than of being killed or seriously injured in a road accident.
 

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Yup. Mass confiscation of private handguns in the UK, combined with precedent of homeowners not being able to legally defend themselves without prosecution and civil suit, has led to massive increases in crime.

Aren't things like a sawed off shotgun or a gun with the serial number filed off considered illegal guns?
Sawed off are legal by permit, and I would imagine no serial number would be legal by manufacturer.
Yep, it's called a short-barreled shotgun(or in a few limited cases, an Any Other Weapon). Can buy them or legally convert a non-SBS shotgun with the right paperwork, and a little money to the ATF.

Filing off the serial number is against the law, but you can legally own a firearm with no serial number if you built it yourself for personal use, not for manufacture for sale. You still have to obey the NFA, though. I know quite a few competent gunsmiths that have built their own AK47s from unfinished flats and parts kits. Also, many guns made prior to 1968 were made without serial numbers, and they are still legal to own.

"Knife control laws" have become the next wave of BS in the UK.
 

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Sawed off are legal by permit, and I would imagine no serial number would be legal by manufacturer.
Yep, it's called a short-barreled shotgun(or in a few limited cases, an Any Other Weapon). Can buy them or legally convert a non-SBS shotgun with the right paperwork, and a little money to the ATF.

Filing off the serial number is against the law, but you can legally own a firearm with no serial number if you built it yourself for personal use, not for manufacture for sale. You still have to obey the NFA, though. I know quite a few competent gunsmiths that have built their own AK47s from unfinished flats and parts kits. Also, many guns made prior to 1968 were made without serial numbers, and they are still legal to own.
Oh, OK. That's pretty cool, actually. Thanks for the info.
 

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Oh, OK. That's pretty cool, actually. Thanks for the info.
With the right paperwork and/or licensing, you can own basically any weapon you can think of, from RPGs down to palm pistols. Some of those are much harder to legally acquire than others, but there are ways and means.