A lot of Sheriffs deputies converged on the world surrounding St. Francis Medical Middle the place two L.A. County sheriffs deputies are being handled for after being shot and gravely injured in assault, after St. Francis Medical Facilities safety reported what they considered protesters on the property on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Lynwood, CA

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Authorities had been looking out Sunday for a gunman who shot and wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who had been sitting of their squad automotive — an obvious ambush that drew an offended response from the president and sparked an anti-police protest exterior the hospital the place the deputies had been being handled.

The 31-year-old feminine deputy and 24-year-old male deputy underwent surgical procedure Saturday night, Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned in a late-night information convention. Each graduated from the academy 14 months in the past, he mentioned.

The deputies had been shot whereas sitting of their patrol automotive at a Metro rail station and had been in a position to radio for assist, the sheriff mentioned. Villanueva, whose division has come below fireplace throughout latest protests over racial unrest, expressed frustration over anti-police sentiment as he urged folks to hope for the deputies.

“It pisses me off. It dismays me on the similar time,” he mentioned.

The division tweeted video of the shooting that reveals an individual open fireplace via the passenger-side window of the patrol automotive.

“The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fireplace with out warning or provocation,” the division acknowledged.

The video sparked hundreds of reactions, together with from President Donald Trump, who responded “Animals that should be hit laborious!”

Protesters gathered exterior the hospital the place the injured deputies had been being handled.

“To the protesters blocking the doorway & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’ referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed right this moment in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” the sheriff’s division tweeted.

“Individuals’s lives are at stake when ambulances cannot get via.”

A radio reporter who was close to the protest scene was taken into custody, KABC-TV reported. The sheriff’s division later tweeted that the reporter interfered with the arrest of a male protester.

“The feminine grownup, who was later recognized as a member of the press, didn’t determine herself as press and later admitted she didn’t have correct press credentials on her individual,” the division acknowledged.

After being launched, Josie Huang, a reporter for radio station KPCC, tweeted that she had seen the statements from sheriff’s officers and had “ideas and movies to share quickly after a little bit relaxation.”

The chief editor of the station, Megan Garvey, expressed outrage over the arrest and mentioned her reporter seemed to be carrying her credentials and had shouted her KPCC affiliation.

In the meantime, the seek for the gunman continued.

Capt. Kent Wegener mentioned officers had been blanketing the world in quest of the suspect seen on the video opening fireplace with a pistol.

“We now have a really, very generic description,” he mentioned. The incident occurred round 7 p.m. a brief distance from the Compton sheriff’s station.