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Off-Duty Officer On His Way To Work Fires On Unknown Man In Hollywood

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An off-duty officer opened fire on an unknown man in Hollywood early Tuesday morning on his way to work, and police are still looking for the suspect.

At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, an off-duty officer was walking to catch the Red Line to work when an incident occurred between the officer and an unknown man, ABC 7 reports. The officer opened fire at least twice at N. Van Ness and Franklin avenues, and the man fled the scene. Police are not sure if the man was hit. The officer was not hurt.

It's unclear why the officer opened fire, as the investigation is ongoing, but LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado tells LAist that authorities did recover a gun at the scene.

Authorities brought in K-9 and SWAT units to help search, and a perimeter has been set up between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, and N. Van Ness Avenue and N. Gower Street, according to the L.A. Times. Students attending the nearby Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School were sent to Joseph Le Conte Middle School for the day instead.

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The man has been described as young, between 18 to 25 years old, Hispanic and wearing a blue sweatshirt. Police say that if anyone in the area sees anything suspicious, they should call 9-1-1.