LAPD believes the 14-year-old girl was killed by an officer’s bullet that passed through the wall of a dressing room, where she was found. Police say it’s unclear if the suspect who was also killed by police was armed, but no gun has been found.
Los Angeles police said they received a radio call about an assault with a deadly weapon shortly before noon at the store, which is located near the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Victory Boulevard.
As officers made their way to the scene, police received additional calls of a possible active shooter situation underway at that location with reports of shots fired. However, LAPD posted on Twitter that the incident was not being considered an active shooter situation.
“While they were en route, they also received additional radio calls from multiple people indicating there was a possible shooting in progress, possible active shooter. A number of those individuals indicated that they were sheltering in place and they were taking cover,” said LAPD Capt. Stacy Spell at a news conference.
When police arrived at the scene, they encountered a suspect “who was in the process of assaulting” a victim, Spell said. That’s when police opened fire on that suspect, who was subsequently taken into custody, he added.
The Los Angeles Fire Department later pronounced that suspect dead at the scene.
During their investigation, police discovered that another person was struck by gunfire, Spell said. This individual was also pronounced dead at the scene.
The names of the deceased were not immediately released, with authorities at the time describing them only as a man and a woman. LAPD later said one of the people shot was a 14-year-old girl.
Authorities initially did not say if the suspect was struck by a bullet from police or from someone else.
The initial assault victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for “trauma,” authorities said. The specific nature of that person’s injuries was not immediately known.
Crews shut down portions of surrounding streets amid the investigation.
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