Hollywood Boulevard Shut Down Due to Armed Suspect Barricaded in Motel

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Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.

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." 

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