An attempted-robbery suspect was killed Friday and two others were in custody after a shootout in the Hollywood Hills that left three of the targeted people hospitalized, one of them in critical condition, 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 Department Officer Joe Todd.
One suspect opened fire on the victims, striking all three in the torso area, Todd said. 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, and the others were taken into custody. One of them was taken to a hospital, Todd said. The fatally wounded person’s name was not immediately available.
One of the victims was hospitalized in critical condition, and the two others were in stable condition. The investigation was continuing.
According to Fox11, one of the victims is a business executive who is the friend of the CEO of a popular fashion company.
The businessman, along with his friend and security guard, arrived at the CEO’s Hollywood Hills home after an event when three men in an Audi got out of the vehicle and attempted to rob him, Fox11 reported. The guard, who returned fire, was critically wounded. Investigators believe the suspects had been following them for some time.
The name of the fashion company has not been released but the company has a large social media following with several celebrity ambassadors, Fox11 reported.
Patrol officers with the LAPD saw the suspects’ Gray Audi with a flat tire at Doheny Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the suspects died at the scene, and a second suspect was taken to a hospital. The third suspect was taken into custody.