LAPD Suspends Active Search for Suspected Killer in Sylmar

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Police on Friday morning suspended an active search for a gunman who fatally shot another man in Sylmar, officials said.

Police searched for a suspected killer in Sylmar on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Police searched for a suspected killer in Sylmar on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The hourslong search was conducted in the area of Polk Street and Foothill Boulevard, where officers set up a perimeter, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division.

It was prompted by a shooting that was reported in the area shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday evening, the LAPD said.

A man in his 20s was sitting in his car, on Montero Street, when a man walked up to him and opened fire multiple times before fleeing in a black pickup truck, investigators said.

According to police, officers spotted the gunman and a short pursuit ensued, ending when the driver stopped the truck on the Polk Street onramp to the 210 Freeway and escaped on foot.

The person being sought was described as an "armed and dangerous" murder suspect by the LAPD. Police declined to release additional details about the killing, citing an ongoing investigation.

"At this point, we have information that may lead us to the suspect and so we're following up on those leads," LAPD Detective Juan Santa said after the the intersection of Polk and Foothill was reopened.

"I don't think that he's in the area any longer; citizens don't really need to worry about that," the detective said. "Of course, they should always be cautious and never leave their doors and windows anyway."

The offramp and onramp to the 210 Freeway at Polk remained closed as investigators continued to collect evidence in the area. It was unclear when they would be reopened.

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