One man was killed and two others were wounded after a gunman opened fire just steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame early Saturday morning.
Three men in their early-to-mid 30s were struck as they exited a building near Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue at 1:20 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
All three were shot several times.
One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in stable condition.
Very limited information is available about the suspects, who fled in a vehicle northbound on Cherokee Avenue, according to the LAPD.
Detective Sean Kinchla told KTLA that many people witnessed the shooting.
“Hollywood is a very busy place, especially at nighttime hours, 1 a.m.,” Kinchla told KTLA. “You have clubs getting out, restaurants open and there were a lot of people in the area.”
Local business owners are surprised by the violence as they say the area is generally safe.
“This is a tourist attraction, so you don’t expect shootings and murders happening on Hollywood and Cherokee,” said David Orr, who works at the nearby “Escape Hotel Hollywood” attraction. “This is our spot, our home, our neighborhood.”
Police are still investigating and gathering information on potential suspects.
“Hollywood always has a very heavy (police) deployment on the boulevard,” said Det. Kinchla. “At this point, we’re canvassing for witnesses and looking for any video that may have captured it.”
“As close as it was to Hollywood Boulevard, it’s surprising no one else got hurt,” said Art Mendoza, the owner of Happy Hollywood Tours.
Alexis Lewis and Alex Torres contributed to this report.