Hollywood Boulevard Shut Down Due to Armed Suspect Barricaded in Motel
SWAT is on scene.
A portion of Hollywood Boulevard was shutdown near Whitley Avenue Thursday afternoon following the report of a man with a gun, Los Angeles police told The Hollywood Reporter.
The call came in just before 11 a.m. as a report of an assault with a deadly weapon, police said. There were also reports of shots fired, but police were unable to confirm those. SWAT is on scene.
Around 2:40, the Hollywood station commander tweeted that the "tactical portion of the incident has concluded" and Hollywood Boulevard would soon reopen. However, Whitley between Hollywood and Yucca Street remain closed, he said. The suspect was taken into custody, police said.
The armed suspect barricaded himself inside a Motel 6. A perimeter has been set up, and the motel was evacuated, police tell THR. There were no reports of injuries.
The motel is near the popular tourist section of Hollywood Boulevard, blocks away from the Dolby Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Musso & Frank Grill and other landmarks. Jimmy Kimmel Live! is also filmed just blocks from the scene. Motorists should expect "significant delays," police said.
Hollywood Boulevard was specifically shutdown in both directions between Wilcox Avenue and North Cherokee Avenue. Multiple bystanders tweeted photos of the vacant, iconic road.
Police call it a "fluid situation."
#LAPD: For your safety, PLEASE avoid the 1700 Block of Whitley in Hollywood for a barricaded suspect. PIO on the way. Media staging TBA.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 27, 2017
Hollywood Blvd and Cherokee. Crime scene tape out. Copter in air. Two blocks of Hollywood Blvd cordoned off pic.twitter.com/GCXcbS4KnO— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) July 27, 2017
We have an active tactical incident in the AREA of Hollywood Bl. & Whitley Ave. Please avoid the area. Expect significant delays.— Cory Palka (@lapd2014) July 27, 2017
Lapd dealing with barricaded suspect at a motel on Whitley Ave in Hollywood. Motel evacuated & Hollywood Blvd closed pic.twitter.com/R5R9WvOG6D— Angie Crouch (@AngieNBCLA) July 27, 2017
The tactical portion of the incident has concluded. Wider area will return to normal. Whitley BTWN Hollywood and Yucca will remain closed.— Cory Palka (@lapd2014) July 27, 2017