Man Shot in the Face in L.A. Shooting Is Longtime Music Industry Executive
The identity of a man shot in the face during Friday's shooting in Hollywood has been revealed.
Music industry executive John Atterberry, in critical condition at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, was sitting in his silver Mercedes on Friday by the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Vine St. when the gunman shot him.
Atterberry is a longtime recording industry manager and promoter and has been involved with acts like The Spice Girls, Brandy and Jessica Simpson, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.
"I was shocked to hear the news," says Courtney Barnes, publicist for Smokey Robinson and Ron Artest who has worked with Atterberry before. "His office is nearby, ours is four blocks away, it could have been any of us driving through that intersection."
Barnes describes Atterberry as "a really nice guy."
Police still do not have a motive for the shooting.
The gunman, identified as 26-year-old Tyler Brehm by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, randomly opened fire at approximately 10:19 a.m. near the ArcLight Cinemas. The suspect allegedly fired between nine and 12 shots before being killed by police, according to reports. When he ran out of bullets, the gunman allegedly pulled out a knife, yelling, "Kill me" and "I want to be killed."
In what the Los Angeles Police Department called a "random shooting," witnesses enlisted the help of two police officers who were working on a nearby movie set after seeing a man open fire in the street. The man walked northbound on Vine with a gun in the air and when cars began driving by, lowered his gun and fired at them.
One of those vehicles who was shot at was a THR.com photo editor, who was on his way to work from his North Hollywood home when the gunman fired at his black truck, which was captured on video.
Update: New information about the shooter shows he broke up with his girlfriend of four years, Alicia Alligood, this month. She says that their split may have triggered Brehm's shooting rampage. She also says that he had been very stressed lately and began taking drugs given to him by an unnamed pharmaceutical salesperson. Alligood says he was a "humanitarian" who was "extremely motivated to change the world for the better."