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Machete-Wielding Man Attacked Diner Outside Taco Truck, Dragged Him On Board and Commandeered the Truck Before Police Shot Him

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More details and video have emerged in the bizarre 4 a.m. machete attack on Friday night that involved a machete attack, a commandeered taco truck and a suspect immune to the effects of tasing.

Police aren't sure what sparked the attack, but it began when a machete-wielding man got into an argument with a diner just outside a taco truck in Koreatown. A witness Joe Piel, who caught the attack on his cell phone, told CBS LA that the man pulled a machete out of the back of his shirt and began swinging it at the victim "like a baseball bat."

At one point, the owner of the taco truck ran off, and the attacker dragged his victim onto the truck. The attacker drove off and crashed into several cars before it came to a stop. Police told him to drop his weapon, but he refused. They tased him, but apparently that didn't faze him. So they shot him, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The victim and attacker are both in the hospital in serious condition. Neither of their names have been released.

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Piel took a video of the incident from his phone. You can't see much, but you can hear screaming and bleeped out cursing: