HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — An investigation continued Monday into the fatal shooting of a man in his 20s who may have been shoplifting at a Hollywood Walgreens store.

Police officers responded to a report of a shooting at the store on Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street at about 8 p.m. Sunday. The initial investigation suggests that the altercation that ended up with a deadly shooting started with what was believed to be a shoplifting incident.

The man, identified by friends only as “Sky,” reportedly fought with the security guard, who had been hired by Walgreens. During the altercation, the security guard opened fired on him and hit him in the upper body.

The man later died at a hospital.

The man had carried an item close to the door to use the ATM, according to one man who asked not to be identified. He said he also was at the store and knew the man, who he said suffered from mental illness.

“He got scared and ran, and then the security guard took out his gun and shot him,” he said. “I never seen nobody get killed and I don’t know why the security guard didn’t use his Taser.”

The witness added that the guard had been carrying a Taser and a gun, but this was not confirmed by police.

A woman says she was with the unidentified man, and they had gone to the store to return something, and that the guard has shot her friend in the back as he was trying to run away.

“There was no point for something petty, but you don’t get to take a life over something so trivial,” the unidentified woman said.

Detectives continue to investigate at the store, which remains closed, and will examine security video from the store’s surveillance system.

“We’re still trying to determine exactly what happened, how this thing escalated from simple theft into this deadly incident,” LAPD Lt. John Radtke said.

The security guard has not been arrested. Police say the evidence will be submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, who will determine whether charges should be filed.

Walgreens released the following statement:

“We’re deeply concerned about this incident and the loss of life. We’re gathering facts and fully cooperating with law enforcement in the ongoing investigation of the incident. The safety and security of all our customers and employees is our top priority.”

Comments (4)
  1. Dana Wouster says:

    There is no reason that shop lifting warrants a hand gun to be used on any person shoplifting.. Witness stated he was going to use the ATM so how is that shoplifting if he was using the atm. I say this security guard is guilty of Murder without any cause. even if shoving him that still is not grounds for the security guard to pull a gun on any person. Time to find another drug store to use Walgreens just lost my business

  2. Lu Johnson says:

    Look at all of the blithering idiots CHANGING the description of what happened, in this story.

    See how you all lie, and manipulate the truth, to GET BACK AT THE MAN.

    The fact that his crazy guy was FIGHTING with the security guard, is enough for that guard to protect his own life. EFF you lazy liars, who are lying, and saying that ‘this innocent man just ran away scared and the guard shot him.” THAT’S not what happened.

    You are all loonies… and you all probably shop-lift too.

    West LA has become a UTOPIA for irresponsible, troublemakers…. and our cities don’t want to punish their bad behavior, so they are emboldened to steal and make trouble, because the police won’t do anything.

    Welcome to the HELL you, leftist voters, have brought upon yourselves and your innocent children. THEY pay the price, you nimrods.

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