Broad Green Staffers Evacuated From Offices After Gun Threat
Police swept the building looking for the suspect, described by eyewitnesses as a white male with tattoos on his neck, and instructed employees to exit with their hands up.
Broad Green Pictures’ entire staff was evacuated from its Hollywood offices on Tuesday evening after a man claiming to have a gun entered the building’s lobby and threatened a security guard.
Police swept the building looking for the suspect, described by eyewitnesses as a white male with tattoos on his neck, and instructed employees to exit with their hands held up.
The incident drew dozens of heavily armed police to the building as well as a helicopter looking for the suspect.
Staffers, including company founders Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, waited outside the building where police set up a perimeter.
“Our priority is the safety of all employees and to make sure everyone has clear communication. All L.A. employees have been safely evacuated and accounted for,” said Broad Green executive vp worldwide publicity and corporate communications Adam Keen.
As of 7:30 p.m. PT, the police had not located the suspect.
The incident occurred just hours before Broad Green was set to host the Los Angeles premiere of Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups in downtown Los Angeles. The premiere went on as planned, though staffers were unable to retrieve their cars before the event began given that the adjacent parking structure also had been secured by police.
Broad Green is the two-year-old production and distribution company behind such films as 99 Homes and Robert Redford starrer A Walk in the Woods. The company, which is the sole occupant of the multistory building on Barton Avenue in Hollywood, has about 90 employees and recently moved into the second-story space.