Police shot and killed a gunman in Hollywood last Friday after he went on a shooting rampage near Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, critically injuring one motorist and causing minor injuries to two other victims. The critically injured victim, 40-year-old music executive John Atterberry, died Monday from his injuries.
The gunman, Tyler Brehm, was armed with a .40-caliber handgun and started shooting into the air around 10:15 a.m. near the McDonald’s at the corner of Vine Street and DeLongpre Avenue. Brehm then reportedly walked north towards the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street and continued shooting into the air and at motorists, striking several vehicles. Just south of Sunset Boulevard, he fired several shots at a Mercedes-Benz, striking Atterberry three times in the face and neck. Brehm continued to fire for approximately three minutes until he was confronted by an off-duty LAPD motorcycle officer who was working at a nearby film set, and an on-duty plain clothes LAPD detective. They ordered Brehm to drop his gun, but the suspect was shot after he pointed the weapon at authorities. Paramedics arrived a few minutes later and took Atterberry to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died Monday. Brehm was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two other victims were treated at the scene and released, according to LAPD spokesperson, Officer Rosario Herrera. One had a graze wound to the thigh after a bullet passed through his car door, and the other victim suffered minor cuts to his face from glass that shattered when a bullet struck his vehicle.
Herrera said no motive has yet been determined, and the investigation is ongoing. Reports have stated that Brehm and his girlfriend had recently broken-up, and Herrera said that was one possibility detectives were investigating. Brehm was originally from Pennsylvania but had been living in Hollywood with his girlfriend, and was reportedly unemployed.
Alex Gopstein, the owner of Hollywood Pawnbrokers at 1354 Vine St., said he heard shots around 10:15 a.m. and saw the gunman in front of his shop.
“I looked out my front door and saw the man in the white shirt firing shots into the air. After about twenty to thirty seconds, I heard more shots and saw him going towards Sunset. The police found three shell casings right in front of my business,” Gopstein said. “Cars were making U-turns and one of my employees went outside and tried to stop traffic so the cars could turn around and get away. At first I didn’t understand what was going on and thought it was firecrackers. It happened so quickly there wasn’t any time to be scared.”
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