Authorities say police shot dead a 14-year-old girl who was in the locker room of a clothing store when officers shot an assault suspect and a bullet went through the wall and hit the door. young lady.
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Police on Thursday shot dead a 14-year-old girl who was in the locker room of a clothing store when officers shot an assault suspect and a bullet went through the wall and touched her, authorities said.
Police also shot dead the suspect Thursday morning at a Burlington store in the North Hollywood area of the San Fernando Valley, police said.
Witnesses told KCBS-TV that a man started acting erratically, threatening to throw objects from the upper floor, and attacked a woman with a bike lock shortly before noon as the store was packed. of vacation buyers.
Officers responded to one report of assault and others of gunfire, police said. Investigators did not find a weapon at the scene.
The suspect was shot and died in the store, but one of the bullets went through the drywall behind the man and killed the young girl, who was in a locker room with her mother, police said.
Officers found the teenager dead after seeing a hole in “a solid wall that you can’t see behind,” LAPD deputy chief Dominic Choi said.
Investigators were not immediately sure if she was in the locker room before the violence started or if she had run away there to hide, he said.
“This chaotic incident resulting in the death of an innocent child is tragic and devastating for all involved,” Police Chief Michel Moore said in a statement Thursday evening. “I am deeply sorry for the loss of the life of this young girl and I know that there are no words that can ease the unimaginable pain for the family.”
Moore has promised a “full, full and transparent investigation” into the shooting and said video of the critical incident that will include calls to 911, a body camera and other videos will be released by Monday.
The names of the girl and the suspect were not immediately disclosed, and the woman who was assaulted has not been identified.
Investigators were trying to determine whether the assault was random or targeted. Choi said they did not believe the teenager was related to the person who was attacked.
Police found a heavy metal anti-theft cable near the suspect, Choi said.
The California Department of Justice was investigating the shooting, Attorney General Rob Bonta said.
Reports have shown that a woman with a bloodied face, who appeared to be the victim of the assault, was placed in an ambulance.
The victim was taken to hospital with moderate to severe injuries, firefighter spokesman Nicholas Prange said. Choi said she had injuries to her head, arms and face.
The shooting was reminiscent of a July 21, 2018 confrontation, in which LAPD agents accidentally shot and killed a woman in a Trader Joe’s market. Officers engaged in a shootout with a man who authorities said shot his grandmother and girlfriend before leading police in a chase that ended when he crashed his car in front of the Marlet.
A police bullet killed Melyda Corado, 27, the deputy store manager, as she ran towards the store entrance after hearing the car crash.
The suspect, Gene Evin Atkins, held employees and buyers hostage for three hours before surrendering, authorities said.
Atkins has pleaded not guilty to the murder.
Prosecutors discovered that two police officers were acting legally when they returned the shots from Atkins.