By: La’Jaunea Esaw
CHATTANOOGA TENN (mocsnews.com)- The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office is now searching for a gunman who shot and wounded two of their on duty officers. The shooting took place on Sunday afternoon as two deputies sat in their squad cars. Police have not issued a reward for information on the shooter.
Both the 31-year-old female and 24-year-old male deputies underwent surgery Saturday evening according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva. The officers were shot while sitting in their patrol car that was parked at a Metro rail station. The department has released footage of the shooting. The video shows the gunman approaching the parked patrol car, and shooting through the passenger side window.
The Los Angeles Times released an extended version of the video which displays the gunman running out of frame past someone on the sidewalk. It is unclear whether this person was involved in the shooting. The deputies were able to radio for help shortly after the attack, and were rushed to the hospital.
The attack triggered several responses from many people. President Donald Trump commented on the situation after seeing the video that the police department released. President Trump took to Twitter and responded “Animals must be hit hard.” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden also responded on Twitter saying “Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished.”
Protestors gathered outside of the hospital in order to voice their opinion on the situation. Many protestors attempted to provoke deputies that were stationed outside of the hospital who were put in place for safety. Many people were disappointed in this movement and urged anyone outside of the hospital to leave peacefully.
The sheriffs department took to twitter to speak on the protestors outside. “To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.” A $100,000 reward is still in place for anyone who has information on the shooter.