LAPD patch. Photo by MyNewsLA.com
LAPD patch. Photo by MyNewsLA.com

A man fled the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Hollywood area Wednesday, and an hours-long search failed to locate him.

The shooting occurred about 5:30 a.m. near Franklin and Van Ness avenues. An off-duty officer got into a confrontation with the unidentified suspect, who pulled out a handgun, prompting the officer to fire his weapon, said Los Angeles police Officer Ricardo Hernandez.

It was unclear if the suspect, who did not fire his weapon, was wounded, Hernandez said.

The officer was not injured.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area and searched about 11 hours for the suspect, who was described as Hispanic, about 18-25 years old, wearing a blue sweatshirt.

But officers searching the area did find a gun believed to have been abandoned by the suspect, Hernandez said.

LAPD lifted the perimeter around 4:30 p.m., and traffic was allowed to resume along Franklin Avenue, Van Ness Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street.

Students and parents of Cheremoya Elementary School were “re-directed” to Le Conte Middle School for the day as a precaution, police said. Classes will resume Thursday, Hernandez said.

Police urged anyone with information about the shooting to call (877) LAPD-247, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

— City News Service 

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