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Air Rifles Cause Major Police Response in Historic Core

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, March 08, 2010, at 04:58PM
Huntington Hotel Eric Richardson [Flickr]

LAPD officers detained three men inside the Huntington Hotel this afternoon after their use of air rifles on the roof of the hotel brought out a major police response.

The whole ordeal was over within 45 minutes, but unless the men have existing warrants, they are unlikely to receive any charges. While shooting air rifles at targets in the middle of Downtown isn't smart, it's also not illegal.

Officers responding to multiple reports of shooters atop the hotel treated the situation with extreme caution.

"That's one of the most dangerous situations police can respond to," explained Lt. Paul Vernon, head of Central's detectives division.

Police must treat the entire building as dangerous, not just the roof area.

The incident was first reported around 4pm, and was resolved by 4:40pm.

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