HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing a man during a gang-related shooting in Hollywood.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers were sent around 11:40 p.m. Saturday, to the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue when they heard five or six gunshots fired in the area.
A preliminary investigation revealed an altercation occurred between Michael Vincent Carter, of Los Angeles, and another man along Hollywood Boulevard, before shots were fired in a crosswalk.
Police explained Carter used a handgun to shoot the victim in his torso and head at some point during the brawl.
Carter then proceeded to flee on foot from the scene, and headed northbound on Las Palmas Avenue.
When officers arrived to the scene, they were able to locate the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was transported to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.
KCAL9’s Joy Benedict spoke with officers, who explained they believe the victim is in his early 30s.
Witnesses explained to officers they saw Carter running westbound, and they were able to identify the him to police at the scene. Carter was subsequently arrested, and is being held on $1 million.
Police said they believe the motive of the shooting was gang-related, as Carter is a San Fernando Valley gang member.
Later Sunday, CBS2’s Greg Mills spoke to tourists in Hollywood to gauge their concern over the area’s safety.
“It does change anything. Violence happens everywhere,” said Chloe Dallaire, a tourist from Canada.
A witness to Saturday night’s shooting who works in the area said the police presence is good, and he feels safe. But a greeter at a nearby restaurant said he is trying to get a transfer to another location because it is getting more dangerous.
According to detectives, they are not looking for additional suspects, however, they are looking for additional witnesses to come forward in hope of providing new details.
Investigators said they believe there were two men at the time of the murder who were with the victim.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the LAPD West Bureau Homicide Department at (213) 382-9470.