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Police Thwart Hostage Crisis at Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles


City officials in Los Angeles, California say they believe a hostage situation at the Mexican Consulate is under control, adding the man believed to be behind the standoff was shot and wounded by police.

Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn says an armed man stormed the diplomatic mission in downtown Los Angeles early today, and emerged later holding a female hostage.

He says the armed man was shot by police and taken to a nearby hospital, while the woman held hostage escaped unharmed. A local television station has been airing video of the apparent shooting.

A police spokesman says an investigation is underway. He says the suspect's motives are unclear, and that he does not seem to know the hostage.

An official from the Mexican Consulate thanked police for what he called their "swift reaction."

Police placed the city on tactical alert as they continue their investigation.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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