Caught on Video: Gas Station Owner Runs for Cover as Police Open Fire

Harry Hahn was pumping gas at his Hollywood station when a carjacking suspect pulled up just a few feet away

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    New details on the gunfire that brought down a suspected carjacker at a Koreatown gas station, and now we have the identity of the suspect. Beverly White has details. (Published Friday, Feb 24, 2012)

    A gas station owner who was filling up his car Thursday night ducked and ran to the other side of his vehicle to find cover seconds before officers opened fire on a carjacking suspect in Hollywood.

    The gunfire outside the gas station at Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard occurred at the end of a pursuit. Harry Hahn, who has owned the Shell station for about six years, was outside the driver's side of his Cadillac sedan when the suspect pulled up just a few feet away.

    Gas Station Owner Dodges Gunfire

    [LA] Gas Station Owner Runs for Cover as Police Open Fire
    Gas station owner Harry Hahn ducked for cover just moments before police opened fire on a suspected carjacker. Antonio Castelan reports from the gas station in Koreatown. (Published Friday, Feb 24, 2012)

    Hahn can be seen on surveillance video (embedded above) sprinting around the front of his car to the passenger's side as several squad cars arrive. The officers yelled for him to get down, Hahn said.

    "I thought maybe he was going to shoot at me," Hahn said Friday. He was not injured.

    Caught on Video: Gas Station Owner Runs for Cover

    [LA] Caught on Video: Gas Station Owner Runs for Cover
    Hollywood gas station owner Harry Hahn says he heard officers order him to get down, which he did just moments before they opened fire on a carjacking suspect who was parked a few feet away. Raw video (Published Friday, Feb 24, 2012)

    The carjacking suspect -- identified as 22-year-old Shonchy Thaopraseuth, of San Bernardino -- was shot and killed.

    Eleven officers fired 60 bullets through the victim's car, the LA Times reported.

    Police Pursuit Ends in Gunfire at Koreatown Gas Station

    [LA] Police Pursuit Ends in Gunfire at Koreatown Gas Station
    Witness John Kim describes the scene at an officer-involved shooting right in the middle of a Koreatown gas station parking lot. The shooting occurred after a slow-speed police pursuit. Beverly White has details from Koreatown. (Published Friday, Feb 24, 2012)

    Nearby streets remained closed early Friday as authorities investigated the shooting. The pursuit began at about 6:15 p.m. in El Sereno after the suspect stole a vehicle at gunpoint from a 65-year-old man near Valley Boulevard and Eastern Avenue, according to Los Angeles police.

    The carjacking was the second one linked to the suspect that day, according to police. The man forced a 30-year-old woman from her vehicle at gunpoint in San Bernardino around 3 p.m., police said.

    Police have not yet revealed the motive of the pursuit, which lasted about an hour on the 101 Freeway and Hollywood surface streets.

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