Update: A Los Angeles police SWAT team plans to search a burned home in Hollywood where at least three people were shot and wounded. Authorities say a man and two women with gunshot wounds were rescued from the burning home at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday and officers thought they saw a fourth victim inside.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters protected by police officers battled a fire blazing in an east Hollywood house where several people were reported shot Thursday.
Police Department spokeswoman Sara Faden said officers were called about 12:40 p.m. on an initial report of three people shot. She said that was later changed to "multiple" victims.
Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence said paramedics took three shooting victims to a hospital but he did not know their conditions, ages or other details.
TV news helicopters over the scene showed officers, some with shotguns, crouching near the corner of an apartment building as firefighters trained hoses on the flames from a distance. Other firefighters stayed behind the protection of a fire engine.
More than 100 firefighters were on the scene but were not attempting to enter the home because of fears that a gunman might be inside, Spence said.
Police officers evacuated nearby buildings and established a perimeter in the neighborhood.
"We're still looking for the shooter," Cmdr. Andrew smith told KNBC-TV.
He had no information about the victims.
"We believe we have all the victims out" but it won't be known for sure until firefighters knock down blaze, he said.
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