LAPD officers seek man who fled Hollywood officer-involved shooting

- Police sought a man who fled the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Hollywood area Wednesday.

The shooting occurred about 5:30 a.m. near Franklin and Van Ness avenues when the off-duty officer got into a confrontation with the suspect, who pulled out a handgun, said Los Angeles police Officer Ricardo Hernandez.

The officer fired and the suspect fled, according to Hernandez, who could not confirm broadcast reports that the suspect fired the weapon.

The officer was not injured, but it was unclear if the suspect was wounded.

The suspect was described as Hispanic, about 18-25 years old, wearing a blue sweatshirt. Police set up a perimeter in the area bounded by Franklin Avenue on the north, Van Ness Avenue on the east, Hollywood Boulevard on the south, and Gower Street on the west. Traffic was routed away from that area, and residents were advised to shelter in place.

Officers searching the area found a gun believed to have been abandoned by the suspect, Hernandez said.

Students and parents of Cheremoya Elementary School were "re-directed'' to Le Conte Middle School for the day as a precaution, police said.

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