President Donald Trump this morning tweeted that “animals” shot two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies last night in Compton, California. The two sheriffs were ambushed at point-blank range by an unknown shooter on Saturday night in Compton, a city in South Central Los Angeles.
Trump said the shooter, who fired through the cruiser window at the officers, represented “Animals that must be hit hard!” He added in a second tweet a call for a “quick trial” and “the death penalty” if the officers die.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden added similar sentiments this morning, saying, “This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice.”
Law enforcement authorities said the two shooting victims were “both still fighting for their lives” after undergoing surgery. The two shooting victims were a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man.
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Tensions have been high in the South Central Los Angeles area since Aug. 29, when 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed by L.A. County Sheriffs in a confrontation while he was riding a bicycle. His death has sparked several days of protests in that area.
After the Saturday night shooting of the L.A. Sheriffs, a crowd gathered outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where the shooting victims were taken. The crowd blocked the emergency entrance and exit and chanted, “We hope they die,” the sheriff’s department said in a tweet.
A reporter from LAist.com was arrested by lawmen attempting to disperse the crowd.
Law authorities said the shooting happened when a lone gunman approached the parked police car in Compton and opened fire. The shooter, wearing black clothing and a black cap, then ran from the scene. Police are still searching for the shooter. The incident was announced via Twitter at 11 PM Pacific time.
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