The gunman, who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station, shooting one officer seven times, is hospitalized in critical condition after he was hurt during a heated gun battle.
Officer Bruce Borinhanh said Tuesday morning that investigators are still at the scene of Monday night’s shooting at the West Traffic Division Station per SeattlePi.
Authorities say the gunman walked into the lobby and after speaking with police officers, he began to shoot at them. One officer was struck seven times but his bulletproof vest took the brunt of the gunfire. One round hit him in the shoulder where he was not protected from his vest. He was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he is hospitalized and in good condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Two officers exchanged fire at the suspect, who allegedly mentioned briefly about filing a complaint during the shooting, police said.
Cmdr. Dennis Kato said, “We don’t know who he is, where he came from. We don’t even have a name on him at this point.”
He is in great spirits,” LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck told the Los Angeles Times about his injured colleague. He described the officer as a “remarkable young man” who was “very, very lucky.”
“#LAPD hero is 7 yr veteran assigned to @LAPDWestTraffic Division, happened to be working the desk tonight. Saved his own life & his partner,” Beck tweeted late Monday.
According to police, the event took place during a community meeting, with at least 35 in attendance, was going on. An unidentified gunman walked into the lobby next to the meeting and began firing shots.
Police say they do not know of a motive for the shooting. The officer who was shot name has not been released.
A nearby resident Terrance Jones, 52, told the Times the police station has dealt with several problems before, including custody fights, scuffles, arguments, and more.