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Gunman Walks Into LAPD Station, Shoots Officer 7 Times

Gunman Walks Into LAPD Station, Shoots Officer 7 Times

By Christopher Weber

A gunman who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station, hitting one officer several times, was hospitalized early Tuesday in critical condition after he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said.

Investigators are searching for a motive in the attack and detectives remained at the scene of Monday night's shooting in the lobby at the West Traffic Division station. Authorities say the gunman briefly spoke to two officers before he began shooting at them. Despite being wounded, one of the officers was able to return fire and hit the suspect several times.

The officer sustained non-life threatening injuries, Officer Rosario Herrera said. He was in good condition.

Authorities originally said his bulletproof vest took most of the gunfire, but Herrera said Tuesday that he was not wearing a vest.

Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters late Monday the officer was alert and chatting with visitors and texting his friends.

"He is in great spirits, a remarkable young man, very, very lucky," Beck said.

The officer's name was not immediately released. The other officer was not struck.

Authorities said the shootout began about 8 p.m. after the gunman entered the lobby and approached two officers who were working at the front desk.

"He engaged in a conversation and then drew a semi-automatic pistol and began shooting," Beck said outside the police station.

Police shut down a busy street near the station immediately after the shooting, clearing a path for ambulances.

It remained closed well into the night as police investigated, at one point calling in a bomb squad to check out the gunman's car, which was parked nearby. It was cleared by the bomb squad and impounded.

Police said they knew of no motive for the shooting, which occurred in the lobby of the station about 7 miles west of downtown.

Several people were gathered in another part of the building for a neighborhood council meeting when the shots rang out. Nobody else was injured.

Daphne Brogdon, one of the council members, told the Los Angeles Times that when the gunfire began, she dove behind a lectern, trying to shield herself.

"I hid, and everyone else just hit the ground," she said. "Everyone was trying to be really quiet, and the shots continued."

One of her colleagues on the council was next to her.

"We were just holding hands, looking at each other saying, `Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God,'" Brogdon told the newspaper.

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jj2301 ajafullmn April 08 2014 at 7:17 PM

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loganmiley April 08 2014 at 7:46 PM

if he was dumb enough to walk into a police station and open fire than he deserves to die.

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ilovechickenpotpies April 08 2014 at 8:06 PM

These comments though! Maybe I should change my preferred profession to nothing. All this time I've put into criminal justice must have been wasted. Btw I'm not law enforcement, military or anything else, just your average civilian BUT I do have a kickass Marine for a husband so I'm going to say it doesn't matter who or what you do for a living. As long as you know how to use a gun and are trying to protect yourself from an idiot, you're petty much golden.

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mskiba2 ilovechickenpotpies April 08 2014 at 8:32 PM

If you love chicken pot pies you MUST be a BIG target

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Good day Maurice April 08 2014 at 7:39 PM

I wonder Why is so much hostility toward the LAPD ?

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mskiba2 Good day Maurice April 08 2014 at 8:30 PM

YEP I wonder

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veterian74 April 08 2014 at 5:34 PM

The police was armed and shot back. Our fearless leader in Washington don't want the common people to have the same.

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d1anaw April 09 2014 at 12:12 AM

So how was it someone was able to walk into a police station with a gun in the first place? Things that make you go hmmmmmm.

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LL d1anaw April 09 2014 at 12:23 AM

It's NOT illegal to take a gun to places, you Liberal Moron, including Police Stations, .... though they should be fitted with bullet proof glass, all around the receptiona area, and doors released open to the rest of the area, when certain it is safe to do so.

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barryaclarke d1anaw April 09 2014 at 12:35 AM

People like you who are allowed to comment scare the heck out of me..................

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jay love barryaclarke April 09 2014 at 10:46 AM

people like you who are scred of people like him scare the hell out of me!!

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Harry April 08 2014 at 5:31 PM

Anybody watch "CSI " last week ???? This is exactly what happened on the show. Maybe that is where he got the idea. Hope the officer recovers.....

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jay love April 09 2014 at 10:07 AM

well the Cop haters aside I for one will wish the wounded officer a fast and speedy recovery!! thank god for body armour!

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moody2night April 09 2014 at 3:45 AM

Animals and its getting worse every day cal is a **** hole like many of our citys. welfare nation out of control protect your self get away from the citys

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jay love moody2night April 09 2014 at 10:38 AM

I grew up in Calif. at one time it was a nice place to live, sadly that was a long time ago! these days the govt. is broke thanks to the libs, crime is rampant, illegal allians have virtualy taken over the state, populations have balloned. the sillyiest anti-gun laws ever thought of were invented right there in Ca. by the crazyest Libs around. welfare, poverty and gang life are rampant everywhere and the govt. promotes it. the sky high taxes to support all this have run out most of the good companies and jobs making even more poverty and welfare! and with all of this life for anyone in law enforcement has been made a living hell trying to police the terrible situations there created by all these conditions, its no wonder a few cops go off the reservation every now and again with all this to deal with? put your average guy in a uniform just one day and they would probably not last given all this? and brought to you all by big, liberal govt.!!

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bryanmerrittper2 April 09 2014 at 6:58 AM

What a nut he must have wanted to commit suicide. Who cares he won't do that again for awhile. The cops should have saved us taxpayers some trial money and put one between his eyes.

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