Los Angeles police reportedly shot and injured two women delivering newspapers by accident while on a search in Torrance, Calif. for a former fellow officer who is suspected in several shootings. A second shooting was also reported involving Torrance police officers, but there were no known injuries. The Los Angeles Times reports:
The women, shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, were taken to area hospitals, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said. They were not identified. One was shot in the hand and the other in the back, according to Jesse Escochea, who captured video of the victims being treated.
It was not immediately known what newspapers the women were delivering. Television images showed the blue pickup riddled with bullet holes and what appeared to be newspapers lying in the street alongside.
Local, state and federal authorities are involved in a massive search for Christoper Jordan Dorner, 33, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer who threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police in an online manifesto, and was suspected of shooting three police officers, one of whom died, early Thursday in Riverside County.
Dorner also is suspected of killing a couple in Orange County earlier this week.
The officers involved in the shooting were reportedly on protective detail for an officer named in Dorner’s manifesto. Both shootings occurred while the victims were in their vehicles, which officers said looked like the vehicle Dorner is suspected to be driving.
During a press conference today, a representative from LAPD said Dorner has multiple weapons at his disposal, including assault rifles.