A man armed with two shotguns, a hunting knife and handcuffs walked into a downtown investment firm in pursuit of his estranged wife Wednesday, opened fire on his wife's sister and was killed by police when he aimed his gun at an officer, police said.
Los Angeles Police Lt. William Hall said the man, whose name was being withheld, entered the Security Pacific Building at 800 W. 6th Street at about 2:30 p.m., concealing his weapons, ammunition, duct tape, rope and two cans of charcoal lighter fluid in a garment bag.
When he arrived at Seyen Investment Co., the seventh-floor office where his wife works, the man saw his wife's sister, who is a receptionist at the company. When the sister said the wife was not there, Hall said, the man began chasing her and fired one of his 12-gauge shotguns in the air, shooting out several windows and then shooting the woman in the lower leg.
About a dozen employees dove under their desks when the shooting started, Hall said, and several called 911. Before two officers arrived, a 911 operator had alerted them that the man, who Hall described as in his mid-20s, was armed.