A shooting attack on two officers in South Los Angeles was gang-related and most likely unrelated to the fatal police shooting of a 25-year-old black man in the same area, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.
The intersection where the officers came under fire Sunday night is near the spot where Ezell Ford was shot by officers Aug. 11 after he allegedly tried to pull one of their guns from its holster. The shooting sparked outrage and legal claims against the city of Los Angeles, the LAPD and the two officers involved.
The findings of an internal investigation into the police shooting of Ford will be presented to be the commission next month.
The shooting that left two officers with minor injuries on Sunday was “the result of an ongoing feud between two prominent street gangs in South Los Angeles,” Beck said. “Whether or not Mr. Ford’s unfortunate death had anything to do with it, I seriously doubt. This has been a conflict that is long ongoing.”
The shooting was reported just before 6 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 65th Street and Broadway, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar said. The plainclothes officers from the LAPD’s 77th Street Station were in a vehicle when they came under fire, she said.
They returned fire but it was unknown if any suspects were hit, Aguilar said. Several suspects ran in various directions after the shooting, she said.
It was unclear if the officers suffered gunshot wounds or were struck by shrapnel or glass. One was treated at the scene, police said. The other was treated at a hospital, then released.
Three people were initially detained and questioned, but they were ultimately released.
— City News Service