Man in custody after firing shots that led to closure of Hollywood Farmers' Market

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Monday, August 1, 2022
Man in custody after firing shots in area of Hollywood Farmers' Market
A man was taken into custody after he was seen firing shots in Hollywood, resuling in the closure of the Farmers' Market.

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man was taken into custody after a standoff with Los Angeles police that resulted in the closing of the popular Hollywood Farmers' Market for the day.

The incident started with several reports of gunfire near the market. Police initially said their investigation did not produce confirmation of shots actually being fired. But later in the day they were reviewing video that appeared to show the man firing a weapon.

Multiple callers told police dispatch that a gunman opened fire from the window of a building shortly before 8 a.m. in 1600 block of Cosmo Street, between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue, an LAPD spokesperson told ABC7.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a person throwing rocks from a balcony, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man barricaded himself in an apartment and would not cooperate with police. A standoff ensued and SWAT was called to the scene. Several household objects were thrown down into the street during the standoff.

No injuries were reported.

Officials quickly announced the closure of the popular Hollywood Farmers' Market for the day "due to an emergency situation."

"We're glad our staff and vendors are OK," a statement posted on the marketplace's Facebook page said. "If you need access to fresh food and produce and can travel, please visit our sibling market Atwater Village Farmers' Market."

The man was taken into custody by around noon.