At least three people were injured Wednesday night when gunfire erupted near Hollywood and Highland Boulevards during Halloween festivities there, according to the LAPD.
The shootings occurred just before 10 p.m. near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Whitley Avenue, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Andrew Chao of the Hollywood Station.
City News Service is reporting all three victims are males, two of them teenagers. One, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the chest and a leg and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in critical condition, Chao told CNS.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in a foot and taken to County-USC Medical Center and a 25-year-old man was struck in the buttocks and taken to Cedars- Sinai, Chao said.
Police shut down Halloween festivities in the area, KNX reported, emptying area clubs and closing streets to both vehicles and pedestrians as they searched for a gunman in the area.
Hollywood Boulevard was shut down between Caheunga and Highland, causing major traffic jams in the area.
The Metro Red Line briefly stopped its service to the Hollywood/ Highland Station, but reopened once the area was cleared.
Red Line resumes service to Hollywood/Highland. Use Hollywood/Vine to avoid longer wait times to enter station. ^ST— metrolosangeles (@metrolosangeles) November 1, 2012
Wednesday's violence in Hollywood preceded another shooting incident which left four injured at the University of Southern California.
This story has been updated.