This was posted as a MySpace bulletin, but I confirmed the information with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Watch Commander:
So last night [Monday night/Tuesday morning, 5/1/2006] my neighbor was walking home from the bars around 12:30AM back to his apartment. He was just a few hundred feet away (up from East/West and Video West) when an old car with three men pulled up and demanded his wallet. Since he was about 15 feet away from them he refused and started to walk away. One of the men in the car pulled out a nine-millimeter gun and shot him. Luckily, he was only shot in the arm and the bullet went clean through. There appears to be no severe damage and he will make a full recovery. The men have not been apprehended and are still at large.
This is pretty freaky cuz unlike most of L.A., W. Hollywood is definitely a walking city and generally considered safe. This sort of thing doesn't really happen often, but when they do, they often repeat.
To my knowledge, no one has been caught yet. So, yeah, be hyper aware of your surroundings when walking. No more mp3 player in my ear.