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3 arrested in Hollywood shooting, explosive turns out to be 'prop'

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Police as they evacuated nearby buildings during the search for a alleged gunman in Hollywood.

A man allegedly fired a shotgun in the direction of a group of construction workers from a Hollywood apartment complex Monday, prompting a massive police search of the area and disrupting already heavy rush-hour traffic.

There were no reports of injuries in the shooting, which was reported at 3:30 p.m. near Leland Way and Seward Street just south of Sunset Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, who allegedly wielded a shotgun in a third-story apartment, was taken into custody around 5 p.m., police said.

Three arrests were as a result of the incident: two men and one woman.

In the course of the investigation, police called in the bomb squad to investigate a possible explosive found in the apartment. Detectives entering the apartment had seen what looked like a stick of dynamite, so they retreated and called in the bomb squad. The dynamite turned out to be a prop. Weapons in the apartment were described as "prop-like," though at least one, a sawed off shotgun, was real. 

Police said the suspect was intoxicated when he surrendered to police, which is likely why he was allegedly shooting a gun off his balcony. 

“Based on his intoxicated state, I think he was just out there drunk," said Sgt. Rudy Lopez. "And possibly not using the best sense at the time.I don’t think he intended to shoot anybody. It’s hard to explain those kinds of actions, but I think his intoxicated state had something to do with this."

During the search, police shut down eastbound Sunset Boulevard near Cherokee Avenue. Local residents were evacuated, while others were told to stay in their homes.

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