Police: Man They Killed At Hollywood & Highland Wasn't Dressed As 'Scream' Street Performer
LAPD is saying that the man they shot and killed on Hollywood and Highland on Friday wasn't dressed as a character from the horror movie Scream.
This comes on the heels of witnesses telling KPCC that the man, whose identity is still being withheld by authorities, was a street performer at the bustling Hollywood intersection. They said that he would regularly spook tourists by poking them with fake knives and guns in hopes that they would take photos with him in exchange for tips.
Police are still looking into whether the man was a street performer. LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told LA Weekly, "We do not yet know about his activities or employment, but we do not believe he was dressed as a character at the time of the incident."
Authorities describe the suspect as a white male around the age of 22. LAPD officers shot and killed him just before 7 p.m. at the bustling Hollywood intersection after responding to a 9-1-1 call from someone saying that they had been cut by a knife-wielding man. However, police weren't able to find anyone who had been slashed. They told LA Weekly they shot him after he made a threatening move with a knife. Witnesses said they saw the officers shoot the man in the head several times.
Later, police tweeted a photo of what appeared to be a small pocketknife on the street near the suspect. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died. No officers were injured.