2ND UPDATE: The LAPD has taken a suspect into custody, and the active-shooter lockdown at Netflix’s LA HQ has been lifted.
According to KTLA, a Netflix employee who had been recently fired called in a threat to a former coworker, saying he had a gun and was on the company’s Hollywood studio lot. That call reported triggered the lockdown.
However, the suspect did not have a gun and never entered the Sunset Boulevard offices of the streamer, police tell Deadline.
Law enforcement officials say they received a call at 3:53 PM PT claiming that an individual with a gun was on the Netflix lot at Sunset Bronson Studios at Sunset and Bronson Avenue. Officers immediately were deployed to what quickly became a very tense situation.
However, despite evacuations of employees from Netflix and the KTLA-TV studios next door, there was no risk, the LAPD confirms.
“We received a tip about a potential law enforcement incident,” Netflix said in a statement that went out to staffers as the situation was still being assessed. “Police are conducting a sweep of the lot out of an abundance of caution. There is no immediate danger or threat to our employees. Feel free to share this information with your loved ones.”
Police are wrapping up their sweep and now leaving the area. Sunset is reopening to traffic on this rainy Thursday.
UPDATED: Tense situation at Netflix headquarters. Sources close to the situation said no one can get in or out, and word is a person with a deadly weapon is the reason the building has been locked down.
KTLA-TV, which is right nearby the Sunset Bronson Studio, just went up with a report. The word we are getting is that there is a report of an active shooter on a nearby rooftop, and security smartly locked it down. Awaiting clarity, but haven’t heard back from Netflix with anything official yet.
They are now evacuating Netflix headquarters. Cop cars are everywhere, and the SWAT team is on the premises, looking for the shooter.