A search was underway Sunday in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles after a car thief fired shots at pursuing police officers and abandoned the vehicle, authorities said.
The pursuit began at 8:26 p.m. on the Hollywood (101) Freeway at Silver Lake Boulevard when officers observed the vehicle reported stolen and tried to get the driver to pull over, a dispatcher in the Los Angeles Police Department Operations Center said.
The car thief fired a handgun at officers, the dispatcher said. Bullets struck a patrol car but no one was injured, police said.
The vehicle was abandoned at Wilshire Boulevard and Berendo Street, according to LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein. A perimeter was established with Wilshire on the north, Seventh Street on the south, Berendo on the east and Catalina Street on the west, he said.
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Residents in the area were urged to shelter in place, making sure doors and windows were locked, Rubenstein said. A SWAT team and K-9s were involved in the search.
The car thief was described as male, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall,
wearing a gray sweater, he said.