In the original Blade Runner, a blade runner named Holden administers the Voigt-Kampff test, which is designed to distinguish replicants from humans based on their emotional response to questions. The test subject, Leon Kowalski, shoots Holden on the second question.

How did he escape the Tyrell Corporation after the shooting?

It is a heavily fortified building. They probably have armed guards who would have shot at Leon without a moment's hesitation.

Is there anything from any source that provides more information on this scene?

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    Given the test area looked like some boring cube farm, I didn't assume they were at the ziggurat HQ.
    – Radhil
    Feb 19, 2018 at 14:25
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    Leon escaped from the Tyrell corporation and Luv walked right into a secure area of LAPD not once but twice in the 2049 movie. What lax security!
    – user89104
    Feb 21, 2018 at 8:29
  • There's no mention of how Leon escapes/leaves specifically. I'd hazard a guess it is because he still has his pass and could walk out in the chaos? In the novel it is Polokov who gets Holden; but, even there, it doesn't say specifically how he escaped (although he was using a W.P.O. identification, which would carry more weight as identification when leaving the scene).
    – wcullen
    Apr 27, 2018 at 18:11
  • How did Leon smuggle a gun into Tyrell HQ?
    – RichS
    Mar 14, 2022 at 3:18

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In the original script, Leon uses a (presumably silent) laser gun to kill Holden, thus not alerting anyone to the fact that he just shot him.

LEON: My...

[Leon looks shocked, surprised. But the needles in the computer barely move. Holden goes for the inside of his coat. But big Leon is faster. His laser burns a hole the size of a nickel through Holden's stomach. Unlike a bullet, a laser causes no impact. It goes through Holden's shoulder and comes out his back, clean as a whistle. Like a rag doll he falls back into the seat. Big slow Leon is already walking away, but he stops, turns, and with a little smile of satisfaction fires through the back of the seat.]

[As Leon walks out of the room the Voight-Kampff begins to blink, faint but steady.]

In the film version, he has a gun, but there's no good reason to assume that the same doesn't really hold true. People probably heard a loud bang nearby, but wouldn't immediately suspect a janitor of having murdered someone. Additionally, Leon will have a pass or some way of moving through the building and there's no reason to assume that this pass would have stopped working the moment he pulled the trigger.

In the comic novelisation, we're just told that he departs the building.

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  • That might explain the purple hue that I keep seeing when I rewatch the clip when he shoots the coffee cottle. Everytime, I was thinking: "that doesn't look like a bullet".
    – Clockwork
    Mar 13, 2022 at 14:20

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