Woman Wounded in West Hollywood; Suspect Eludes Capture After Standoff

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - A man allegedly fired multiple shots inside a West Hollywood apartment complex today, injuring a woman in an adjacent unit and sparking an hours-long standoff, but the suspect eluded capture.

The shooting was reported about 8:15 a.m. at the building at Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, according to the sheriff's department. A sheriff's spokesman told KNX News at the scene that the woman -- in her 50s --was shot twice, once in the upper body and once in the lower extremities by bullets that passed through the wall of her apartment.

Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, sheriff's officials said. Sheriff's deputies unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with the suspect in a third-floor apartment, prompting a standoff and evacuations of some building residents. Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue were both closed in the area, snarling traffic. Members of the sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau were brought to the scene via helicopter, which landed on La Brea just north of Santa Monica. Nine hours into the standoff, sheriff's deputies stormed the suspect's apartment at about 5:15 p.m. but found it empty, according to reports from the scene.

Sheriff's officials said investigators know who the suspect is. Deputies were conducting a search of the suspect's apartment. There were no immediate reports of any other injuries.

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