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Man Shot By Police In Bustling Section Of Echo Park

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Police shot a man in Echo Park early Sunday morning after he pulled out a gun on a busy strip of Sunset Boulevard.

KTLA reports that around 1 a.m., LAPD officers were patrolling around Sunset and Sutherland Street when they saw a fight in action near the Short Stop bar.

Lt. Chris Ramirez said that when officers approached the group, a Latino male pulled out a handgun, prompting a police officer to fire his own gun at the suspect. Then, the man fled west on foot, and a second police shooting occurred in front of the United Oil gas station at Sunset and Portia, across the street from Little Joy.

City News Service writes that police fired "several" shots at the man, who was wounded by the gunshots and taken to a hospital for surgery.

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The incident forced the closure of a busy section of Sunset Boulevard. According to Eastsider, many people who had been inside one of the several bars in the area came out to find they couldn't access their cars, which were behind the police lines.

As of 9:00 am this morning, Sunset was still closed between Echo Park Avenue and Quintero Street as the investigation continues, according to the LAPD's Twitter. Police also said a gun was recovered from the scene.