Los Angeles police cleared the Times’ parking garage of any threat early Monday after the bomb squad responded to a report of a suspicious package on the structure’s second floor.
“It’s not a bomb, just some nasty messages that someone decided to leave for the police,” LAPD Sgt. Gia Rueda said. She declined to provide further details but said that “there’s nothing that put us on alert or made us think that there was anything nefarious going on.”
Police said they do not believe the messages are connected to any other crime, including a Sunday night shooting in South L.A. in which two suspects opened fire on officers in a patrol car. One of the suspects was arrested at the scene and a rifle recovered, officials said. A manhunt continued for the second suspect.
The Times' garage in the 200 block of Spring Street was cleared by police shortly after midnight, about two hours after the suspicious package was first reported by someone inside the parking structure. A section of Spring Street and Broadway between 2nd and 3rd streets was temporarily closed.
The garage is used by the newspaper's employees as well as other tenants who rent space inside the Times building.
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