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Music exec dies after gun rampage

A US music industry executive has died after being shot by a rampaging gunman on a Hollywood street.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre spokeswoman Simi Singer said John Atterberry died on Monday.

The 40-year-old executive, who worked with the Spice Girls, Jessica Simpson and others, was shot in the face and upper body as he drove his Mercedes-Benz during Friday's random attack.

He was the only seriously injured victim of 26-year-old Tyler Brehm, who police say fired nearly 20 bullets in the air and at cars as he screamed that he wanted to die. He was killed by police minutes later.

Brehm walked down the middle of Sunset Boulevard, near Vine Street, firing on motorists with no clear target and injuring three of them, police said.

In amateur video taken at the scene, the gunman appeared to have short hair and wore jeans and a white tank top. He paced back and forth near the busy junction, firing from what appeared to be a 40 calibre handgun.

Two officers who happened to be in the area - an off-duty motorcycle officer working movie set security and an LAPD detective - shot and killed him, authorities said. The officers ordered the suspect to stop and drop his weapon. He was shot when he pointed his weapon at the officers, police said.

The gunman's ex-girlfriend said she and Brehm had recently broken up, but police say they are still looking for a motive for the attack.

Atterberry had been a vice president of Death Row Records, the label that produced albums for many of the most prominent names in West Coast hip hop, including Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and Tupac Shakur.

Courtney Barnes, a publicist for Smokey Robinson and Ron Artest, told Billboard magazine that she was shocked to hear the news, saying Atterberry was "a really nice guy".


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