Gunman enters Los Angeles CBS complex, shoots himself after police standoff

Wednesday, May 29th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A suicidal gunman stormed into the CBS television network complex and kept police at bay for more than four hours before ending the standoff by shooting himself, officials said.

The standoff forced the evacuation of CBS' Television City, a sprawling complex where ``The Price is Right'' and other shows are filmed.

The 31-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition after shooting himself in the abdomen late Tuesday, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. No one else was hurt.

After the area was secured, police negotiators began talking to the gunman. At one point he was lying on the floor with the gun to his head and threatening suicide, said Deputy Chief David Kalish.

David Tom, an actor from ``The Young and the Restless,'' told KCBS-TV that the gunman interrupted filming on the soap opera.

It was not immediately known why the man decided to enter the complex.

CBS Television City, which bears the CBS eye logo on its main building, is the entertainment industry's oldest studio built specifically for television. The complex has been home to numerous CBS fixtures, including: ``All in the Family,'' ``The Smothers Brothers,'' ``The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,'' and ``Hollywood Squares.''

KCBS-TV news, produced by the network's affiliate, is located in a separate facility and was not disrupted by the evacuation.