At least 20 Los Angeles police cars sped to Bruno Street in Chinatown on Thursday night after getting a call that a gunman was holding several people hostage inside a building.
LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas said police had received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at 130 Bruno St. -- the site of Homeboy Industries -- holding six to eight people inside.
The caller said the person had a handgun.
"We cannot confirm whether that's credible or not," Vanegas said. The information was "secondhand."
Police at the Central Division called the incident a “kidnapping in progress” but had no immediate details.