(Reuters) – A sniper opened fireplace at a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station on Wednesday afternoon, wounding a deputy and sending police SWAT groups attempting to find 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 it is a very, very harmful state of affairs.”
“We have now a gunman on the market concentrating on regulation enforcement however haven’t any ID, no suspect description,” he stated.
The incident adopted various mass shootings and likewise a spate of arrests of individuals threatening mass shootings in america.
Gunmen utilizing semi-automatic rifles and high-volume magazines killed 31 individuals in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month.
A Tennessee man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly posting threats on-line to “shoot up” a facility run by Deliberate Parenthood in Washington, D.C., the newest arrest in a nationwide regulation enforcement effort to thwart mass shootings. [L2N25H1LH]
A minimum of two pictures fired within the newest incident in California. Police sources instructed the Los Angeles Occasions that the bullets got here from a high-velocity rifle.
A police SWAT workforce searched a four-story residence constructing close to the station as a attainable location for the shooter, police stated.
Nobody had been taken into custody by early on Thursday.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Paris instructed the newspaper the capturing 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.
(The story has been refiled to take away extraneous phrase from headline)
Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Modifying by Paul Tait