Andy Le Vo, 35
Andy Le Vo, a 35-year-old Asian man, was shot and killed by Long Beach police Friday, Jan. 5, in the 2600 block of Lakewood Boulevard in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 12:50 a.m., Long Beach police responded to a call from a Holiday Inn employee who said he was being held hostage by a gunman, according to a Long Beach Police Department news release.
Upon arriving, officers could see Vo in the lobby armed with a gun, the release said. The officers tried to get Vo to put down the weapon, but he did not comply, the release said.
At that point, two officers opened fire on Vo, said the release. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:55 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
Vo's gun was recovered at the scene, the release said.
Investigators believe the hotel was chosen at random, according to the release. Detectives did not believe Vo, of Irvine, was a guest of the hotel nor that he knew any guests or employees; authorities are trying to determine a motive.
Vo was the father of a son and daughter, according to his obituary.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Long Beach homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Photo: The Long Beach Police Department released a photo of the handgun that Andy Vo allegedly used to hold people hostage at a hotel before he was shot by police officers.