The Los Angeles Police Department says that a man killed by its officers in front of shocked tourists and onlookers at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue was not dressed as a character from the movie Scream at the time of the Friday confrontation.

The 7 p.m. shooting happened after someone called 911 to report an non-injury assault by a knife-wielding man, police said. Outside the Hollywood & Highland shopping center, officers confronted the suspect, said to be about 22-years-old, and fatally shot him after he allegedly made a threatening move with a knife, they said.

Witnesses reported that the man had been shot in the head multiple times by officers.


Over the weekend KPCC (89.3 FM) published a report saying that witnesses believe the young man was the same person who roamed the boulevard dressed as a character from the Wes Craven-directed franchise Scream.

Street performer Tray Cherry told the station that the man's shtick was that he “tries to stick a knife on somebody trying to be scary.”

Witnesses said he was known to use a plastic knife.

That's not what police say they found on the ground after the shooting, however. LAPD Media Relations officials posted a photo on Twitter of folding, compact Swiss Army knife they said was used by the alleged attacker.


LA Weekly