Victim of random Hollywood shooting dies
LOS ANGELES — A 40-year-old music executive critically injured when a gunman opened fire randomly on a Hollywood street has died, police said.
John Atterberry had worked on projects with artists including Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson and the Spice Girls. He was hit in the jaw at close range when the gunman opened fire Friday on Sunset Boulevard, at a busy junction just blocks from Hollywood’s crowded tourist area.
The gunman, who shot repeatedly at passing vehicles and pedestrians, was killed by an off-duty police officer working on a nearby movie set. The shooter was later named as Tyler Brehm, 26.
Amateur video of the shooting showed Brehm — who had recently broken up with a long-time girlfriend — shouting and walking in the middle of the road at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street.
At one point a nearby resident, filming the scene with a camera phone from a fourth-floor apartment, shouted down at the man, asking the gunman to shoot him, in a bid to distract his attention until police arrived.
“I tried to shout random things — anything that came to mind to slow him down,” Christopher Johns, who posted his own footage online, later told local KCBS-TV television.
Atterberry had just left a nearby bank and was returning to his silver Mercedes-Benz coupe when he was shot.
Shootings are a regular occurrence in Los Angeles, including in Hollywood, which centers on the busy tourist area but also has gritty and rundown parts of town, on the northern edge of the LA metropolis.