Masked gunman, possibly wearing ‘Star Wars’ costume, shoots and kills man in Venice street

A man was fatally shot Wednesday on a Venice street, and the gunman was possibly wearing a “Star Wars” costume, police said.

The gunman walked toward the victim near 7th Avenue and Brooks Court and opened fire with a chrome revolver, Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im said.

The victim, a 30-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Video footage from the scene showed the man’s body lying in the street.

The gunman, described as a black man between 25 and 30 years old, fled west on Brooks Court, Im said. He was wearing gray shorts, a black hooded sweatshirt and black glasses, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.


The gunman was described as wearing a mask, Eisenman said. An initial report indicated the gunman wore a “Star Wars” costume, Im said.

Police briefly detained a person for questioning in connection with the shooting but determined that person was not the attacker, Eisenman said.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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11 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.

This article was originally published at 5:20 p.m.