Police kill man whose stabbing rampage injured 3 on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood – Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police fatally shot a man in a Hollywood fast-food restaurant on Tuesday, just moments after the man stabbed three others in an apparently unprovoked rampage.
The assailant â described as a man in his 30s â began about 2 p.m. by stabbing a man who was riding a bicycle along the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Ivar Avenue, said Sgt. Frank Preciado, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The attack occurred in a popular corridor along Sunset Boulevard, near the ArcLight Cinemas, Amoeba Music, and the Los Angeles offices of CNN.
CNN correspondent Maeve Reston, a former Los Angeles Times reporter, tweeted that the suspect ran down Sunset Boulevard and tried to stab people across from the CNN office. The office, she said, had been placed on lock down.
She said he was armed with a knife and tried to enter a coffee shop, but a customer held the glass door shut and blocked him.
Next, the man continued eastbound and walked into a Jack in the Box, where he stabbed another man, Preciado said.
As the second victim left the Jack in the Box, police officers rushed inside. Then, the man knifed a third person.
Video posted on social media from inside the restaurant showed a person calling for a belt or shoelace to be used as a tourniquet for a victim sitting in a chair with a pool of blood on the floor.
Officers confronted the man and shot him an unknown number of times. Preciado said police also attempted to use a Taser.
The man died at the scene. Authorities did not release the manâs identity and investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the attacks, he said.
In the video posted on social media, moans could be heard. As an officer reports âshots fired,â another officer can be seen kneeling over a person lying face down on the ground and holding the personâs arm.
L.A. City Councilman Mitch OâFarrell, whose district includes Hollywood and East Hollywood, commended LAPD officers for their swift response.
âIt saved lives,â OâFarrell said at a news conference on Tuesday night.
Investigators were unsure if the assailant knew the three victims, or if the three victims were otherwise connected in some way, police said.
For the inquiry into the shooting, authorities were planning to review surveillance video. Preciado said there was no footage from body-worn cameras to review.
All three victims were taken to hospitals with stab wounds. Two were initially listed in critical condition and were undergoing surgery late Tuesday, according to Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for the LAPD. Both were considered medically stable.
A third man was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Times staff writer Matt Hamilton contributed to this report.
8:15 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details about the circumstances of the shooting and the conditions of the three stabbing victims.
5:00 p.m.: This article was updated with new details about shooting and suspect found dead at the scene.
3:05 p.m.: This article was updated with a tweet from CNN correspondent Maeve Reston, who is a former Los Angeles Times reporter, and details about the police shooting.
This article was originally published at 2:25 p.m.