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Suspect in custody after shooter opens fire in Hollywood neighborhood

Hollywood police have a man in custody after he went on a shooting rampage in West Hollywood on Saturday October 29, 2016.
Hollywood police have a man in custody after he went on a shooting rampage in West Hollywood on Saturday October 29, 2016. Sun Sentinel

Several blocks of North 64th Avenue in a Hollywood neighborhood were blocked off and a suspect is in custody after a shooter opened fire at traffic Saturday morning.

Hollywood police said at least three people and several cars were shot at by the suspect.

There were no fatalities or serious injuries, although a red pickup truck crashed into a tree in the blocked-off area and one victim was taken to the hospital.

Police are unsure if the victim was injured by gunshots or in a crash trying to avoid the shooting.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was shooting down Garfield Street, at about 10:13 a.m., from the west side of 64th Avenue, according to police. He then barricaded himself in a house before being taken into police custody.

“Luckily because of the Hollywood police department’s quick and rapid response they were able to take the man into custody,” police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said.

Stephen Apakian was driving north on 64th Avenue when he heard popping noises and then saw the alleged shooter. He pulled over into the grass and started running and knocking on doors asking people to call the police.

“I’m a fast runner, but when bullets are coming at me I am even faster,” Apakian said. “I am lucky he was a bad shot.”

Several Hollywood police officers and some onlooking neighbors are at the scene near Garfield Street.

Vashree Valdes, who lives near the area, said she was at home when her boyfriend called and said there was a shooting near her grandmother’s home on Grant Court. Valdes drove to her grandmother’s home and then saw the police response.

“I heard a lot of sirens and saw cops with their guns drawn,” Valdes said.

The incident created some traffic issues in the area as residents looked for alternate routes to their homes. The scene was just north of McArthur High School and West Hollywood Elementary School.

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