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Friends: Hollywood shooter had tough breakup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Friends and neighbors of a gunman who was shot dead by police as he fired randomly at passing cars on a Hollywood street — critically wounding one man — say he was deeply troubled by the recent breakup with his girlfriend.
Authorities released the identity of Tyler Brehm on Saturday and examined the 26-year-old’s body, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said, a day after the shootout at the Hollywood intersection of Sunset and Vine.
Investigators have not released a motive for Friday’s attack.
Friends and neighbors said Brehm was stung by the relationship’s end.
“He was like, ‘Ah, I’m over it, I’m over it,’ but I could tell he wasn’t over it,” Ms. Mesropian said.
“I could tell that he was an unstable person,” Mr. Hernandez said, “but I don’t know the details on what actually made him snap.”
Brehm walked down the middle of Sunset Boulevard, firing on motorists with no clear target and injuring three of them until two police officers who just happened to be in the area — an off-duty motorcycle officer working movie set security and an LAPD detective — shot and killed him, authorities said.
In amateur video taken at the shooting scene, the gunman appeared to have short hair and wore jeans and a white tank top. He paced back and forth near the busy intersection with Vine Street, firing close to 20 rounds from what appeared to be a .40-caliber handgun, police said. Several witnesses reported seeing him reload at least once.
“He was screaming he was going to die and that he wanted to die,” Gregory Bojorquez, a photographer who captured images of the shooting’s aftermath, told the Los Angeles Times.
He continued shooting at vehicles and in the air when he was confronted by the officers.
They ordered the suspect to stop and drop his weapon. He was shot when he pointed his weapon at the officers. The gunman was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph said. No officers were hurt.
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