A deranged man pointed his gun at more than a dozen, and opened fire at random drivers and pedestrians in Hollywood Friday morning. The Los Angeles Times reports that some thought the gunman at the intersection of Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard could have been part of a Hollywood production, until Los Angeles Police Department officers fatally shot the man down. The Times reports:
"The attacks began about 10 a.m. south of Sunset, police said.
A young man in a white tank top was spotted walking up the street yelling and firing a handgun in the air. He then turned to firing at passing motorists who seemed to be picked at random, including the man in the Mercedes, police sources said.
The gunman was eventually shot by a detective and an off-duty officer who may have been working on a movie set nearby. Police have so far found no motive in the shooting. In addition to a gun, the attacker also displayed a knife during the incident. "
The gunman was identified later as 26-year-old Tyler Brehm. He shot three people, including one 40-year-old man in the jaw who was driving a Mercedes, and is now in critical condition.
The Atlas Shrugs Blog reports the disturbing development that few news outlets are reporting one witness's claim that the shooter was screaming "Allahu Akbar." This KTLA 5 report has the witness making the claim at (2:37):
Witnesses said that officers repeatedly told the man to drop his weapon before fatally shooting the gunman. AP reports that while shooting, Brehm was screaming that he wanted to die. In addition to the man shot in the jaw, two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. One man suffered a grazing wound to his left thigh when a bullet passed through his car door. Another man had minor cuts from broken glass after bullet struck the driver door where it met the window.
Amateur video of the gunman opening fire: