Hollywood Shootout Witness Tries to Lure Shooter from Victims
A young man watching from his fourth-floor apartment, courageously tried to draw the fire of a crazed gunman blasting away on Sunset Boulevard below.
The voice of the hero in the shoot-em-up shouted, "Shoot me! Come on! Kill me. I want to die! Please!"
At one point, the gunman came close to a red car as he blew out the windows. Another driver desperately swerved to escape the flying bullets.
Dramatic video was shot by brave young man, Chris Johns. He recorded the shooting in the very heart of Hollywood, at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine street. INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret sat down with Johns as he explained the frightening incident.
"He was exactly like a robotic killing machine," said Johns.
The crazed gunman stood in the intersection shooting at everything he could. Meanwhile, all of the action was being captured by Chris Johns on his cell phone four stories up.
"I put as much of my body out there so that it would be attractive enough for him to want to take a shot," said Johns.
At one point, the gunman, his attention directed at that fourth floor window, yelled a chilling reqeust.
"I need ammo," shouted the gunman.
"I don't have any man. I'm so sorry," shouted Johns.
Amazingly, several witnesses thought the shooting was part of a movie being filmed nearby. They soon found out otherwise. When cops got to the scene, a barrage of shots rang out.
In the video, the shooter was filmed stumbling across the street, wounded by the police fire. Then he dropped to the ground.
Cops say the gunman, 26-year-old Tyler Brehm, was shot when he refused to drop his weapon. He later died of his wounds. He was reportedly devastated about recently breaking up with his girlfriend.
The gunman fired a total of 20 shots. One victim was identified as music and movie executive John Atterberry, who has worked with Michael Jackson and Jessica Simpson and met former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Atterberry, who was shot in the jaw as he drove in his Mercedes, is in critical condition in the hospital.
Johns said he's not a hero and he would do it all again.
Moret asked, "Did any family members or friends see this and call you and say, 'What the heck were you thinking?' "
"Yeah. My mom says I was crazy," said Johns.