Suspected Shooter in Custody After Barricading in Koreatown Strip Mall That Police Evacuated; 1 Wounded

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Officers took a man into custody after an hours-long standoff at a Koreatown strip mall where the suspected shooter barricaded Tuesday afternoon, according to police. The perpetrator shot a person in the foot near the 800 block of Vermont Avenue and Eighth Street at around noon, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Authorities initially said the shooting happened on Olympic Boulevard. Patrol officers saw the incident and started chasing after the man on foot, before he ran into A & A Shine Bargain on Vermont Avenue and barricaded inside, LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said. A SWAT team responded to the scene, surrounded the business and evacuated the strip mall. Several customers and employees who were at the strip mall ran away, but an unknown number sheltered inside a locked room, authorities said. The SWAT team then went inside and brought them out to safety, Ramirez said. Video showed officers in armored vehicles with firearms drawn out and pointed towards the business where the gunman was barricaded. Negotiators were at the scene trying to get the man to surrender peacefully, according to police. “We are working tirelessly to try to get him to come out,” Ramirez said three hours after the standoff started. “ So far he is not being responsive.” When negotiations didn’t work, officers went in and took him into custody about four hours later at around 4:00 p.m. The victim that suffered a gunshot wound was transported to a hospital in stable condition, police said. It is unclear whether the gunman and the victim knew each other or what led to the shooting, but police say it appears to be a “random, isolated incident.” The gunman was described as a 41-year-old man standing at about 6 feet tall and weighing about 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing black shorts and holding a gun. Ramirez said police believe the man may be a local resident that is known to frequent the area. KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this post. 

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