HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — A suspected gunman killed Friday by police in a Hollywood shootout has been identified as 26-year-old Tyler Brehm. The information was released by the L.A. County Coroner’s office.
Public records list Brehm’s last known address on Cahuenga Boulevard, less than one mile from the intersection where he was killed by LAPD gunfire.
Police responded Friday morning around 10:30 a.m. to the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, where Brehm was reportedly seen shooting randomly at motorists and yelling phrases such as “Is this the end of the world?” and “Kill me…I’m gonna die.”
Up to ten cars were hit by Brehm’s gunfire before he ran out of ammunition and brandished a knife.
Witnesses reported officers instructed Brehm repeatedly to drop his weapons before finally opening fire, shooting the suspect four to five times.
Bhrem died at the scene.
A total of three motorists were injured by Bhrem’s gunfire. Two victims were treated and released.
A man in his 40’s who was shot in the neck or the face was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The Los Angeles Times Saturday identified the victim as John Atterberry, a music industry executive.
A Facebook search Saturday morning turned up the profile of a man presumed to be Brehm. The profile information indicates that Brehm had recently ended a romantic relationship.
Officials have not yet announced a motive for the shooting rampage. Police are still investigating, but initially called the incident a case of “Suicide by Police,” wherein a despondent individual wishes to die, and provokes law enforcement to take him down by lethal force.
The LAPD initially withheld Brehm’s identity after his mother, who is on the east coast, requested time to notify relatives.
The Pasadena Star News reports Azusa police say Brehm had moved from an Arrow Highway apartment complex several months ago.
Los Angeles police said Friday Bhrehm had no relatives in the Los Angeles area.