Gunman opens fire at Hollywood intersection

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Posted: Dec 09, 2011 4:33 PM
Gunman opens fire at Hollywood intersection

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire on cars in the heart of Hollywood on Friday, injuring at least one person before he was shot and killed by police, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

The suspect began shooting at vehicles near the famed Hollywood intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street shortly after 10 a.m., Los Angeles Police officer Cleon Joseph said.

Joseph said the man, identified only as a male Hispanic wearing black pants and a white shirt, was shot by responding officers and pronounced dead at the scene.

"We have one victim who was transported to the hospital," Joseph said.

There was no immediate word on the condition of that victim, who was not identified by authorities.

Witness Oscar Herrera told local KCBS-TV that he saw the shooter fire his gun at several cars traveling near or though the intersection.

Herrera told KCBS that when the suspect apparently ran out of bullets he put the gun into his waistband and took out a knife before he was shot by police.

(Writing and reporting by Dan Whitcomb)