Beverly Hills police shot a suspected bank robber inside the lobby of a luxury hotel on the city’s famed Rodeo Drive on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The shooting occurred in the Luxe hotel (map) just before 4:30 p.m., Lt. Renato Moreno of the Beverly Hills Police Department said.
Officers were initially called to a bank robbery at the nearby Bank of America in the 400 block of Beverly Drive (map) just after 4 p.m., Moreno said.
A teller at the bank placed a GPS tracking device inside a money bag given to a man who said he had a gun and demanded cash, Lt. Lincoln Hoshino later said on scene. The tracking device led police to the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, where the suspected bank robber tried to check in as a guest, Hoshino said.
“Officers responded to the Luxe Hotel, made entry to the location and immediately engaged the suspect just inside the doorway,” Hoshino said.
The man, who was armed, according to police, was shot inside the hotel lobby and was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
“There were a lot of pedestrians on the sidewalk,” Hoshino said. “It was a very dangerous situation. However, the suspect is in custody and the community is safe.”
Moreno initially said police were searching for a second bank robber. Another man was also taken into custody, officers on scene later said, but his connection to the robbery was not immediately clear.
No officers were injured in the shooting, which occurred during the beginning of the holiday shopping season in one of the country’s most exclusive retails areas.
A witness who said he was trapped in the nearby Chanel boutique on Rodeo Drive while police investigated described the scene as “surreal.”
“The first thing that we saw was helicopters swarming all around Rodeo Drive. I saw one, then two, then three of them,” shopper Eric Turcio said.
Officers rushed down Rodeo Drive looking “like there was something really wrong,” Turcio said. When he was inside Chanel, he was told to stay within the boutique.
“Clearly, the stores were informed something was happening,” Turcio said.
Yellow police caution tape crossed sidewalks along the street, video from the scene showed.
Police advised the public to avoid the area.
KTLA’s Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this article.