LAPD police officers found no one inside the religious temple in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles where they received a bomb and shooting threat Friday, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
A suspect had allegedly called the LAPD just before 7 a.m. and said he had firearms and explosives in the temple and that he planned on shooting people, LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said. Authorities were unable to trace the call.
Police responded to the temple on the 3700 block of Watseka Avenue, and remained in a barricade situation all morning.
“They very slowly approached. When they went inside, they did a comprehensive search and nobody was in any of the structures there, including the temple,” Aguilar said.
Police evacuated around 30 residents in the surrounding area out of caution, Aguilar said.
“We have to proceed as though this is a credible threat, even though what we have learned is that it is not a credible threat," Aguilar said. "We can’t send officers into an unsafe situation and have a possible ambush.”
The fire department was on the scene and parking enforcement officials were helping close down the streets.
The temple, International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Los Angeles, was closed Friday, Aguilar said.
Aerial footage from Sky5 showed several police vehicles and firetrucks parked around temple and armed police officers standing by the vehicles.
Aguilar said that major crimes division detectives will take over the investigation to try to find the person responsible.
Officers have cleared the entire location and did not locate any suspect(s) or anything suspicious. Detectives will continue to investigate to determine the source of the threat. As always, we appreciate the community’s patience as we brought this incident to a safe conclusion https://t.co/omMJeSaG5n
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 21, 2018