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Attacker Stabs Three in Terrifying Hollywood Restaurant Rampage

He first tried to push his way into a local coffee shop

Jack in the Box, Hollywood
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A terrifying scene unfolded midday yesterday in Hollywood when a man allegedly attacked diners at the Jack in the Box off Sunset and Cahuenga. The unnamed assailant managed to reportedly stab three people before being shot and killed by police, says the LA Times.

The frightening situation snarled traffic in and around Sunset Boulevard for hours, with news reports and social media video leaked shortly after the incident showing chaos and fear for many. According to the Times report and others, the man initially stabbed a passing cyclist near Ivar before trying to get into Groundwork Coffee on the corner of Cahuenga and Sunset. Someone managed to hold the door closed and prevent him from entering, at which time the attacker moved on to the Jack in the Box across the street, where he attacked customers and was eventually shot and killed.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell praised the response of the LAPD in quickly arriving on the scene and protecting customers and passersby, allegedly using a Taser to try to subdue the man before resorting to lethal force. As for the victims, two were taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition, with a third to be treated and released today.