An attempted-robbery suspect was killed Friday and two others were in custody after a shootout in the Hollywood Hills that left a security guard critically wounded and two targeted victims hospitalized in stable condition.
The crime occurred about 2:05 a.m. at 1474 Blue Jay Way, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Joe Todd.
The suspects followed a Rolls-Royce occupied by Fashion Nova CEO Richard Saghian, according to TMZ.com,
“We’re told it’s unclear if they were aware Saghian was traveling in the vehicle, or if they only followed it because of the Rolls’ value,” TMZ reported. “A source close to Saghian tells us he had already made it inside his home when the shots rang out … we’re told he was NOT injured.”
According to Fox11, one of the victims is “a business executive who is the friend of the CEO of a popular fashion company,” and investigators believe the suspects had been following the vehicle for some time.
According to the LAPD, three suspects were in a car, and two of the men — wearing ski masks and armed with handguns — got out, forced two victims onto the ground and took watches and jewelry from them.
During the robbery, an armed security guard exchanged gunfire with the suspects and was shot, police said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said. The crime victims also were shot, and were taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.
The two wounded suspects got into their car and were driven from the area, police said. A description of the gray Audi was broadcast, and officers stopped it at Doheny Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
One of the suspects was pronounced dead at that location and the others were taken into custody. One of them had suffered a leg wound and was taken to a hospital, police said. Their names were not immediately released.