DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Police Department investigated a shooting Friday afternoon on South Broadway and 7th Street downtown that began with a robbery and escalated to a hostage situation.
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The incident, according to officials, started around 4:10 p.m., when the LAPD responded to calls from a “possible man down” in the 700 block of South Broadway.
The perpetrator shot two people and then fled with the LAPD chasing him.
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The suspect ran into Santa Fe Lofts on South Main and 6th Street, where he allegedly entered a woman’s apartment and took her hostage.
People who lived in the building right across, watching the events unfold, some footage on the cell phones. The video shows the perpetrator holding the woman hostage with SWAT right there.
When the man put the gun in the woman’s head, they moved in with flash-bang grenades, and shots were fired.
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Stun grenades and shots fired by officers were heard as the suspect was shot and killed and the hostage was released.