LAPD cruiser
LAPD cruiser. photo by John Schreiber.

One suspect is dead and another is in custody Friday after a botched robbery in the Hollywood Hills that also left one attempted-robbery victim in critical condition following a gunshot exchange between the victims and the suspects, authorities said.

Three suspects approached three men around 2:05 a.m. at 1474 Blue Jay Way in an attempt to rob them, said Los Angeles Police Officer Joe Todd.

One suspect opened fire on the victims, striking all three in the torso area, Todd said. But one of the victims returned fire and wounded all three suspects, who then fled in a vehicle.

Police caught up with the suspects at Doheny Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, Todd said.

One of the suspects was pronounced dead at the original crime scene, one was arrested and a third was taken to a hospital for treatment, Todd said.

One of the victims is in critical condition and two are in stable condition.

No further details were immediately available.

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