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Man Shot, Killed at Scientology Building in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say a security guard shot
and killed a man wielding two Samurai swords yesterday on the
grounds of a Scientology building in Hollywood.

Police say the unidentified man approached three guards around noon in the parking lot of the Scientology Celebrity Centre.

Detectives were questioning the guard to figure out the swordsman's motive and determine whether the shooting was justified.

A surveillance tape showed the man arriving at the center's parking lot in a red convertible, then approaching the guards with a sword in each hand.

A police detective told the Los Angeles Times the man was involved with the church a long time ago.

The Church of Scientology was established in 1945 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. It teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems and claims 10 million members around the world, including celebrity devotees Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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