Los Angeles police killed a teen girl when they shot at a suspect for assault. Los Angeles police shot and killed a 14-year-old girl on Thursday inside a dressing room in Burlington, California, as they tried to find an attacker. The California Department of Justice is looking into what happened.
It also killed the male suspect, who was also shot and killed.
She was taken to the hospital with moderate to severe injuries, says Nicholas Prange, who works for the LA Fire Department. Nobody knew right away if she had been shot. She was hurt on her head, face, and arms.
At about 11:45 a.m., someone broke into the second floor of a clothing store in North Hollywood. Police were called to a report that someone had been hit with a deadly weapon and that shots had been fired. People were sheltering in place. Officers opened fire when they found the suspect.
This is what LAPD said in a tweet: One of the officer’s rounds went through the back wall of the suspect and into a dressing room, where officers found a girl who had been hit.
During a press conference, LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi said, “You can’t see into the dressing rooms, and it looks like a straight wall of drywall.” He added that it was not clear whether the girl was already inside the dressing room or went there to hide when the violence began.
There was no way to tell right away if the suspect had a gun.
It was found near the suspect by police, and they think it was used in the attack.
Choi said he didn’t know why the suspect did what he did, and it was not clear if he knew the person who was assaulted.
Police had been called a lot about the suspect behaving weirdly before the incident, Spell said.
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State Attorney General Rob Bonta says that when the state’s justice department is done with its investigation, the findings will be sent to the special prosecutions section for an independent review, which will be done by someone else.
Another thing that happened: The Los Angeles Police Department planned to release footage from the store’s closed-circuit cameras and police body-worn cameras on Monday. It also planned to release radio calls and other information, Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Times.
When he talked about the shooting, he said it will take a long time for a full investigation to be done.
Burlington said in a statement to the media that it will help the police with their investigation.
Company: “At Burlington, our hearts are broken because of the tragic accident that happened today at our North Hollywood store,” the company said. People’s safety and well-being is always the most important thing to us.