CBS Television City employees evacuated after gunman enters complex

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 29, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Employees at the CBS television complex were safely evacuated Tuesday as police negotiated with a gunman threatening suicide. 

Officers received reports about 5 p.m. of a gunman inside the complex, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. It was later determined that a possibly suicidal man had barricaded himself inside an office, Lee said. 

“Everybody is out, he’s the only guy in there,” Lee said. “There are no hostages and no shots have been fired.” 

Dozens of employees congregated in the CBS Television City parking lot as police officers entered the complex where “The Price is Right” and other shows are filmed. The man was reportedly armed with a gun, but the weapon could be a BB-gun or a toy replica, Lee said. The Police Department dispatched its SWAT team to the television complex, located in the city’s Fairfax District. The man was lying on the floor with a gun to his head and threatening suicide, Deputy Chief David Kalish said.