LA police shot at two latina women delivering newstands this morning during their manhunt for ex police officer, Christ Dorner.
Emma Hernandez, 71, was delivering the Los Angeles Times with her daughter, 47-year-old Margie Carranza, when officers apparently mistook their pickup for that of Dorner.
Hernandez was shot in the back, and remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Carranza suffered a wound from glass that struck her hand and received stitches.
Another vehicle was also mistakenly fired upon not far away.
The second incident, which involved Torrance police officers, happened around 5:45 a.m. at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street.
The Torrance officers had apparently heard about the nearby incident, and while en route they encountered a dark pickup that looked similar to Dorner’s.
They opened fire on the pickup. The man who was inside was not hit.
Update: Another civilian has been caught up in the manhunt today.
Armed police officers surrounded a Portland man as he sat in a car outside a San Diego hotel.
They believed he was suspected killer Christopher Dorner.
“All of a sudden I turn around and look back and see another [officer] behind a tree with a machine gun and thought, ‘this is not good,’” Greg Pruitt told NBC 7 in San Diego.
Greg Pruitt, 36, of Portland, was ordered to get on the pavement and placed in handcuffs. Officers then checked his identification and realized he was not the former Los Angeles police officer at the center of a multi-state manhunt.
“I didn’t even want to breathe,” Pruitt said in an interview with the San Diego TV station. “You have guns pointed at you, you don’t move, you don’t breathe you don’t blink you don’t ask why, you just do what you’re told.”
Update: Yet another civilian was mistaken for Dorner this week and was met with police violence AFTER being questioned, not too far from the first police shooting.
David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way.
Seconds later, Perdue’s attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and officers opened fire; none of the bullets struck Perdue.
His pickup, police later explained, matched the description of the one belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner — the ex-cop who has evaded authorities after allegedly killing three and wounding two more. But the pickups were different makes and colors. And Perdue looks nothing like Dorner: He’s several inches shorter and about a hundred pounds lighter. And Perdue is white; Dorner is black.
In related news, more information has emerged concerning the first police shooting that injured two elderly latino women.
Law enforcement sources told The Times that at least seven officers opened fire. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs. Residents said they wanted to know what happened.
“How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large black male?” said Richard Goo, 62, who counted five bullet holes in the entryway to his house.
Glen T. Jonas, the attorney representing the women, said the police officers gave “no commands, no instructions and no opportunity to surrender” before opening fire. He described a terrifying encounter in which the pair were in the early part of their delivery route through several South Bay communities. Hernandez was in the back seat handing papers to her daughter, who was driving. Carranza would briefly slow the truck to throw papers on driveways and front walks.
Earlier today it was reported that law enforcement are using drones to find Chris Dorner. Spokesman Ralph DeSio of the Customs and Border Patrol confirmed the use of drones. This is thought to be the first time in U.S. history that drones are used to locate a criminal on American soil.
Nice job “keeping us safe”.
Well done society.
39,182. What the fuck.
Almost 40k and I’m sure there is many more to come. How lovely humans are.
“New puppet elected by cronies”