MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The armed man had fired two shots in the air and two shots toward the ground on Friday afternoon before the arrival of law enforcement officers who ordered him to drop the weapon, the newspaper said. The man raised his gun instead and police shot several times.
The Los Angeles Times cited Det. Meghan Aguilar, a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) spokeswoman, as saying that it was unclear whether the man died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.
No other deaths or injuries have been reported.
A metal cylinder and a black briefcase were found on the ground close to the gunman. Both of the suspected explosive devices were detonated by a robot, according to witness reports cited by the newspaper. A witness told The Los Angeles Times that the gunman was in his 40s or 50s.
Right now, on Ventura Blvd this guy was shooting the air. Thank you to the police for saving everyone's lives. pic.twitter.com/E7xKbFh7oy— vertalyot (@vertakesh) July 24, 2015
The incident occurred along Ventura Boulevard near Vantage Avenue in Studio City, which is an LA neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. It comes after the Thursday shooting at The Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, where John Houser, a white 59-year-old man, opened fire shooting dead two women and injuring several other people before killing himself.