Violence erupted on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this weekend leaving two people injured and tourists in shock.
The trouble unfolded in the area of Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard around 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, according to the LAPD.
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A woman flagged down officers and said she’d been stabbed in the stomach.
“The victim directed officers toward the suspect,” LAPD Sgt. Bruce Borihahn told television station ABC7. “When the officers contacted the suspect, still armed with the knife, they gave him several commands to drop the knife, which he ignored.”
Police said responding officers fired several beanbag rounds at the man before opening fire with live ammunition.
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The suspect, described as a male in his 30s, was taken to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The police department said officers recovered a knife at the scene.
The 19-year-old woman was also hospitalized and is in stable condition, according to the LAPD. Police said the victim did not know the suspect.
“It was a random attack. Unfortunately, it happened, but fortunately officers were there to address that problem immediately to confront the suspect and take him into custody,” Borihahn said.
Officers routinely patrol the tourist-filled area, which has a large homeless presence and is often the scene of crime.
Tourists visiting the Walk of Fame Saturday told ABC7 what they saw.
“We’d just signed up for a bus tour. We were just taking a look at the stars on the way. We got to that corner and then that’s when everything happened,” a man from Phoenix said.
The police department said on Twitter the intersection of Hollywood and Highland was temporarily closed and traffic was rerouted as detectives investigated the case.