(Reuters) – A sniper opened hearth at a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station on Wednesday afternoon, wounding a deputy and sending police SWAT groups looking for a gunman on the unfastened in buildings close by.
The deputy, Angel Reinosa, 21, was shot within the chest as he walked exterior the Lancaster Metropolis, California, station about 2:45 p.m. (2145 GMT), headed for his automobile parked close to the station’s helicopter touchdown pad.
Nonetheless, physique armor deflected the bullet, which grazed his shoulder, sheriff’s spokesman Marvin Crowder stated.
“We’re very lucky that he’s going to be all proper,” Crowder stated. “However this can be a very, very harmful scenario.”
“We have now a gunman on the market focusing on legislation enforcement however haven’t any ID, no suspect description,” he stated.
There have been a minimum of two pictures fired. Police sources informed the Los Angeles Instances that the bullets got here from a high-velocity rifle.
A police SWAT crew searched a four-story residence constructing close to the station as a potential location for the shooter, police stated.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Paris informed the newspaper the taking pictures was incomprehensible within the southern California metropolis of about 170,000, about 70 miles (112 km) north of Los Angeles.
“He’s strolling out of the sheriff’s station, and a sniper took a shot at him,” Paris stated.
Police warned close by residents to remain indoors.
Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Enhancing by Paul Tait