Security Guard Killed at Illegal Casino in North Hollywood ID'd

Security Guard Killed at Illegal Casino in North Hollywood ID'd
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City News Service

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—A security guard at an illegal gambling establishment near the Hollywood Bowl was shot and killed during an attempted robbery before sunrise May 31.

Los Angeles Police Department officers responded around 3:40 a.m. to the 3300 block of Cahuenga Boulevard where they discovered an illegal gambling establishment and a security guard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Officer Rosario Cervantes told City News Service.

Anthony Rivas, 32, of North Hollywood died at the scene, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported.

According to police, two armed male suspects wearing ski masks entered the rear of the building with the intention to commit a robbery. The security guard began observing the two suspects and removed a pistol from his waistband.

One suspect pointed a rifle at the security guard and fired multiple times, striking and fatally injuring the guard, and the suspects fled the scene emptyhanded after searching the establishment for money, police said.

There were no further details about the incident.

Anyone with information about the crime was urged to call LAPD Operations Valley Bureau at 818-374-9550. Tipsters who choose to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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