Thursday night: An armed former employee of Homeboy Industries is reportedly holding six-to-eight hostages in the Homeboy building at 130 Bruno St. in Chinatown, just north of Union Station.
Police got the call around 10:22.
Here’s what CBS Los Angeles has:
A man wearing a blue baseball cap and blue jeans reportedly walked into the business and said he was armed.
Homeboy Industries is located at 130 Bruno Street in the Chinatown area.
The company is comprised of men and women who used to be in gangs, ex-cons and other law breakers in programs that rehabilitate (including tattoo removal, employment services and counseling.) Homeboy also makes several products including taco chips and salsa.
At this time of night, we are told that only the night crew will be on working in the Homeboy Bakery at the back of the building.
Those associated with Homeboy are calling each other frantically, trying to find out more. (We at WLA have been getting some of those calls.)
The LAPD is investigating, with around 20 patrol cars reportedly at the scene. As of 11:30 pm it was not clear if SWAT had been called out, according to LAPD media spokesperson Officer Nuria Vanegas.
12:12: UPDATE: The Homeboy Building has reportedly been cleared with no hostages, and no gunman. Streets have been reopened.