Los Angeles Police officers shot to death a 14-year-old teenager who was in a changing room of a clothing store while shooting a suspect who had assaulted a woman, authorities told several US media.
Police also killed the suspect, they added. His name and that of the young woman have not been released. The assaulted woman was taken to a hospital with injuries ranging from moderate to severe, it reported. Telemundo.com
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The shooting occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. at a Burlington store, part of a chain formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, in the North Hollywood area of the San Fernando Valley.
Police initially responded to reports that a person was being attacked with a deadly weapon and shots were fired, Los Angeles Police Capt. Stacy Spell said at a news conference.
He noted that the officers opened fire when they saw the suspect assaulting another person. The suspect died after being hit by police bullets, Spell said.
One of the projectiles pierced the wall of a clothing changing room and hit the 14-year-old, according to Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Dominic Choi. Later the agents found the girl in the changing room.
“You can’t see inside the fitting rooms and it just looks like a running wall of masonry,” Choi said at a second news conference. Investigators do not yet know if the teenager was in the locker room before the violent actions began or if she ran there to hide, he added.
It turned out that the teenager was trying on dresses for a 15-year party at the department store when she was hit by the bullets fired by the Los Angeles Police.
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Officers also killed the suspect, who attacked a woman inside a Burlington store with a bicycle chain, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital with moderate and severe injuries to her arms, face, and skull.
Los Angeles Police posted a statement on Twitter about what happened.
LAPD News: Officer Involved Shooting North Hollywood: This is preliminary info: At around 11:45am North Hollywood ofcrs responded to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Progress at a business on the 12100 block of Victory BLVD.
– LAPD PIO (@LAPDPIO) December 23, 2021