LA offers $100,000 reward for shooter in double-assassination attempt
Los Angeles authorities are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man responsible for the ambush shooting of two transit cops who were sitting in their car when attacked.
The man, who is described as a Black man between 28-30 years of age, wearing dark clothing, was shown on video getting off a bus and then calmly walking up to the deputies’ vehicle and shooting both deputies at point-blank range.
A new video posted on Twitter shows one man celebrating immediately after the shooting, laughing and joking that the cops got “aired out” as other officers respond to the shooting.
“Somebody bust on the police. Two sheriffs shot in the face. Two sheriffs shot in the face – they tripping,” the man giggles as police cars rush to the scene, according to the video hosted at the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
The two deputies were taken to the hospital and are recovering in stable condition after surgery.
“One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition,” said a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“The deputies were listed in critical condition but were expected to survive. Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Sunday called the condition of the deputies a ‘double miracle.’ Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that at least one of the deputies was shot in the face and the other in the head.”
At the hospital, health workers were met with violent reactions from those in favor of the shooting of the cops. Deputies were forced to respond to calls from the hospital as protesters blocked off access for emergency vehicles unrelated to the shooting while the protesters chanted “We hope they die” about the two cops in surgery.
“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.”
The Tweet, now at LA’s CBS local news, has since been deleted.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested at least one protester after giving an order for the protesters to disperse.
The Sheriff’s Department is warning that thus far, they have no suspects in the case of the two deputies despite social media reports to the contrary.
“Currently, there is a social media post that is being circulated which identifies a male out of the Los Angeles area as the suspect responsible for the ambush of our 2 deputies yesterday. This is ERRONEOUS information and there are no named or wanted suspects at this time,” the department tweeted overnight.
PHOTO: Screenshot/Twitter: Public User LA County Sheriffs
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