Police Seek Suspect Who Shot Witness to Animal Abuse

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HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - Police today sought the public's help to identify a man who shot at two people, striking one, after the pair saw the man beating a dog in the Hollywood area.

The two victims were walking in the area of La Brea and Willoughby avenues, near Poinsettia Recreation Center, about 7:30 p.m. Monday when they saw the man on an apartment balcony beating the dog, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

``The witnesses yelled at the suspect to let go of the dog,'' according to the LAPD. ``The suspect argued back, then produced an unknown type firearm and shot at the witnesses, striking one.''

The victim who was shot was taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition.

The suspect ran from the scene following the shooting. Police established a perimeter in the area to search for him, but he was not located.

He was described as a Black, about 21 years old, 6-feet-2 inches tall and weighing around 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt and burgundy pants.

Investigators said they believe the suspect does not live at the apartment where the crime took place, and is possibly the boyfriend of a local resident.

Information about the dog was not immediately available.  

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to contact LAPD Det. Iniguez or Lt. Gonzalez at 213-922-8205. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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