“Protesters” outside a hospital where two Los Angeles deputies were fighting for their lives after an ambush in Compton shouted, “We hope they die,” according to video and official statements. One of the two people arrested was a reporter, Josie Huang, documenting the protests.
The protest blocked the entrance and exit to the emergency room, and two people were arrested, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Heavy news reported that the two deputies, whose identities have not yet been released, were shot multiple times when they were sitting in a patrol vehicle outside the Compton train station Saturday night. Police released video of the shooting in hopes of identifying the suspect, who was still at large Sunday afternoon.
The protesters chanted, shouted and “oinked” while blocking the entrance to the hospital. At one point, the protesters tried to get inside the emergency room, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. LASD tweeted during the protest, asking the protesters to stop blocking the emergency room entrance and exit.
Both deputies — a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man who have not been identified by the Sheriff’s Department — were shot in the head the evening of Saturday, Sept. 12 while sitting in their patrol car near the Compton Metro station. They
The shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, shows a figure in dark clothes casually walk up a pathway near the Compton Blue Line station, approaching the deputies’ parked patrol car from behind, opening fire only inches away from the window, then returning the way he came.
The female deputy, mother to a 6-year-old boy, managed to get out of the cruiser and help her partner hide behind a concrete pillar for safety, not knowing whether the gunman was still in the area, according to the Los Angeles Times. She then applied a tourniquet to her partner’s arm, which was bleeding.
Update: The unnamed male deputy shot in the attack in Compton was released from the hospital Sept. 16, officials said.
“He has a long road ahead for recovery. But he’s not alone,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Twitter. “We, as a community, are in this together.”