Saturday, December 10, 2011

That Mysterious “Allahu Akhbar!”

Update: The shooter has now been identified:

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has identified the man who shot at motorists in Hollywood Friday morning, wounding one, before he was shot and killed by police.

Tyler Brehm, 26, died near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street minutes after wandering up the street firing a handgun.

An unidentified man went on a shooting rampage in the middle of an intersection in downtown Hollywood yesterday. He fired repeatedly at passing vehicles and pedestrians until he was shot and killed by Los Angeles police. One of his targets was shot in the jaw and remains in critical condition in an area hospital.

The police and the media say they have no insight into the gunman’s motives. The L.A. Times blog reports:

Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Mitzi Fierro would say only that the gunman was a 26-year-old white male from Los Angeles. She said his name was being withheld at the request of his mother because not all of his relatives had been informed of his death.

The reason for the shooting remains unclear.

A clue to the gunman’s motive may be found in the following clip from a Los Angeles TV station. The police should take note of what the man was shouting as he fired at passing vehicles.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading these excerpts:

Hat tip: Heroyalwhyness.


Nick said...

What's that he's yelling? "I look like a bear! I look like a bear!"

He can't be shooting people because he hasn't shaved for a few days & woke up with bed head, surely?

That can't be it, can it?

Gort said...

It's a pity CA residents cannot get concealed carry permits. Perhaps this little drama would have been shorter if the first target could have returned fire.

Allahu fubar!

Findalis said...

I could just have seen his excuse:

"But Your Honor. My Client is a Muslim and isn't use to drinking alcohol."

A slap on the wrist was in order.

Chiu said...

Why didn't anyone run over him with their car? A car delivers far more energy output than a handgun, and it is much easier to hit a man standing in the street with a car than to hit a person sitting in a moving car with a pistol. Most cars also provide a significantly greater amount of protection when you're behind the engine block relative to a shooter.

Dedicated_Dad said...

He was yelling "all-up-to the-SNACK-bar"!

just a misunderstanding - nothing to see here - move along now to talking about how Breivik was a "Christian"...

Dedicated_Dad said...

"Why didn't anyone run over him with their car? ,,,"

Because they've all been trained to be defenseless!

Chiu said...

I'm forced to conclude that you are right.