Two Los Angeles police officers dressed in plainclothes were shot at Sunday evening while driving through a South L.A. neighborhood, prompting an exchange of gunfire that caused several suspects to flee, authorities said.
The officers were shot at near 65 Street and Broadway in Florence just before 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Det. Meghan Aguilar said. She added that the officers, assigned to the 77th Street Division narcotics section, were driving in an unmarked police vehicle. She said there was no indication they were caught in crossfire between rival groups but believes the shots were intended to hit them.
“Of course, because it’s an active scene, that’s our preliminary investigation,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “There’s going to be several thorough interviews of the officers. But right now they believe they were the target.”
The officers returned fire at the suspects. Both received minor injuries as the bullets grazed them and were treated at the scene.
Police apprehended several people at the scene, and the search continues for two others Sunday night in the neighborhood, she said. The Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT unit was at the scene along with dozens of other officers.
A large section of the neighborhood was blocked off as police conducted a block-to-block search for the suspects using their K-9 units.
“We are asking the public to shelter in place and notify police if they see any unusual activity in their houses or yards,” Aguilar said.
Junior Moore, 54, was eating at Hercules Burgers at Broadway and Gage Avenue when the gunshots took place.
“I heard like 20 shots, and then a bunch of police sirens,” Moore recalled.
Neighbors captured photos of dozens of police cars arriving at the scene and officers bringing out their SWAT gear, including long black rifles.
They watched as three large armored SWAT vehicles approached the crime scene.
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