Authorities: Gunman is shot, killed by police in busy shopping district of Los …

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Authorities: Gunman is shot, killed by police in busy shopping district of Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man with a gun was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Friday in a busy shopping district in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. Police had worried there might be a bomb attached to the body or to suspicious devices nearby, but the bomb squad cleared the area and no explosives were discovered.

Terry Burstein, 53, of Studio City, California, told The Associated Press that she was headed to her job as a real estate agent about 3 p.m. and pulled into a parking lot when she saw a man who appeared relaxed, sitting on a low brick wall near a planter between a Chipotle restaurant and a Union Bank. Even drivers nearby her on the busy Friday afternoon roadway didn’t seem to realize what was happening, Burstein said. “He just didn’t seem to be a dangerous person, other than the fact that obviously he had this gun,” Burstein said. “He was just in his own little world.” She described him as being in his 20s with a thick beard and mustache and said he appeared to be dressed for winter with a leather jacket on in the warm California weather. “He wasn’t making a fuss, wasn’t shouting, didn’t seem angry … didn’t seem to have a game plan, wasn’t running away,” Burstein said. “He just sat there, waiting to be shot.”

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