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BREAKING: Chatsworth shooting leads to Studio City standoff*
Breaking news from the Valley: reader Claire Cole (who we interviewed 2006) just tipped LAist about a
shooting that just went down standoff at a 7-11 on Vineland and Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Cole's office window at DEI Marketing faces the 7-11. There have been no alerts or updates on any of the main news websites, but we will update you as they come in. The tip we received is that an unidentified man shot his girlfriend at point-blank range while in the 7-11, but so far this is all unconfirmed and there is no word if the shooting was fatal. If anybody is out around that neighborhood, let us know if you see any police activity in the area; you can email tips or on-the-scene photos and video to email@example.com.
UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: The domestic violence related incident took place on Gresham St., most likely in Northridge, where the man shot the woman in the leg. He fled in a car to Studio City, where a standoff is taking place right now at Ventura & Vineland near the 7-11, according to Officer Lee, LAPD Public Information Officer.
UPDATE: 3:06 P.M.: Ventura Blvd. is shut down between Vineland and Eureka. Police are asking residents and retailers to stay indoors and SWAT appears to be on scene.
UPDATE 3:23 P.M.: Another reader from on the streets reports that Ventura Blvd is closed at Ralph's, which is near Campo de Cahunega and the 101 Freeway. "Police Officers everywhere," he said in an e-mail. He is also hearing rumors that someone was shot at 7-11, but that is unconfirmed.
Another reader tips explains what is was like for him:
My name is [redacted] and I live a block away from the 7-11. I tried to walk to the grocery store a few minutes ago and when I stepped outside there were helicopters circling the sky as well as police cars forming a blockade down Vineland and all along Ventura. I was immediately told upon exiting my complex on Bluffside Dr that I could NOT walk on Vineland and had to go along a very circuitous route to get to the store around the corner. Just within a few minutes of being outside I saw tons of people being diverted and the police officers said they were looking for a possibly armed [suspect]. It was clear from her reaction that she should not have let that detail slip and otherwise the officers have been very secretive about what, exactly, is going on.
UPDATE, 3:41 P.M.: It appears the situation has been resolved and traffic on Ventura Blvd has resumed.
UPDATE 5:05 P.M.: According to the North Hollywood Police Division, the shooting took place at De Soto Ave and Gresham St. in Chatsworth. Later, the suspect's car was found at the Studio City 7-11, but he was not found, prompting the LAPD shut down the area to search (hence all the helicopters in the area). The suspect was later found in the city of Fontana and was arrested without incident.
Carrie Meathrell and Elise Thompson contributed to this report. Photo by guamafro via Flickr