‘Is this the end?’ says Hollywood shooter

If it hadn’t been the end for this as-yet-unidentified Hollywood gunman, he most certainly would have been charged with a violent crime, like attempted murder.

As Hailey Branson-Potts reports for the Los Angeles Times, a man walked down the street in Hollywood and fired on passing cars – he hit one man in a silver Mercedes in the jaw, sending him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in critical condition – before Los Angeles police officers shot him down.

As he fired on the man in the silver Mercedes, an eyewitness is said to have heard the gunman say, “Is this the end?” It’s not clear whether he was referring to his own demise or that of the man in the Mercedes; either way, the photo in the Los Angeles Times report shows LA detective Nicole Kittle standing over the gunman’s body, which is covered by a white sheet. There’s a bit of blood on the Mercedes and the windows have been shot out.

Though this recently happened in Hollywood – “This is Hollywood,” said one eyewitness, “I honestly thought they were filming something” – the laws against violent crime involving guns are pretty uniform throughout the nation, even if the rates of such crimes are lower in Hollywood than they are in Baltimore.

Baltimore, Maryland, has one of the highest weapons charge and homicide rates in the nation. As a direct result, Maryland prosecutors are experienced with these types of cases, which can range from carrying a concealed weapon or failure to register a gun to the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Hollywood shootout: Gunman calmly targeted drivers, pedestrians,” by Hailey Branson-Potts, 12/9/11