Man Detained After Report of Gunman Inside L.A. Times Building

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Police confirmed late Friday that a man was in custody in connection with a shooting scare at the L.A. Times building in downtown Los Angeles.


Man detained by police after shooting threat at Los Angeles Times building. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers responded to the building around 7:30 p.m. after receiving a text claiming that a man on the 3rd floor had a gun and was going to begin shooting, according to Detective Gus Villanueva with LAPD Media Relations.

It was not known if the text was sent by the gunman or an employee, Villanueva said.

Several parts of the building were locked down, according to the L.A. Times.

People in the building were being detained and questioned by officers, according to LAPD Sgt. Mark Gibbens.

The building was also being searched as a precaution police said.

According to the newspaper, the initial report came from a woman who became concerned when a co-worker told her he was depressed and then pulled out a bag of bullets.

The man taken into custody was not identified by police, but the Times reported he was an employee of Vxi Global Solutions, which rents office space in the building.

Co-workers of the man told KTLA that he had recently been let go from his job and was making threats Friday about harming or killing people.

“We don’t know if he had a gun,” witness Jae Valdes said. “He just supposedly hide a gun and bullets somewhere.”

The Times initially reported that a weapon was found, but the LAPD confirmed to KTLA that there was no weapon.

The man was not identified by police.