Sunday, July 10, 2005


Watts, CA: Officer, 19 month old baby injured in shooting

I just got word that an officer was shot in the shoulder, and a 19-month old baby was shot as the baby was being used as a shield by the man who was shooting at LAPD officers in Watts at a car dealership. Mayor Villaraigosa is at the hospital with the officer and the baby.

UPDATE --- 7/10/05 --- 10:05 PM PST: The shooter was killed by return fire from the officers. FOX News (Los Angeles bureau) has the details.

Los Angeles police say officers have shot and killed a man who emerged from a home carrying a baby and fired at them following an hours-long standoff. Police say an officer suffered a gunshot wound and officers also shot the 19-month-old baby. Police did not say how badly the baby was injured. The standoff began at around 3:45 PM when officers responded to an area west of Watts because residents reported a man behaving erratically and aggressively. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, fired at the officers and ran inside a home. LAPD spokeswoman Officer April Harding says he took two people hostage. The man emerged at around 5:30 and began shooting at officers while holding the baby. Officers returned fire.
UPDATE --- 7/10/05 --- 10:18 PM PST: Word from news AM radio news sources is that the baby has died at the hospital. What kind of spineless hunk of flesh uses a poor, defenseless baby as a shield? There's a special place in hell for people like that.

UPDATE --- 7/11/05 --- 4:25 PM PST: The previous FOX News (Los Angeles Channel 11) link seems to have expired, but Chief Bratton of the LAPD held a press conference that details the incident from yesterday. Here's details from NBC.
Jose Lemos (pictured, left), 35, and his 18-month-old daughter were both killed in a shootout with LAPD officers Sunday night. A police officer, identified only as a father of five, was shot in the shoulder and was expected to survive.
Tragic story.

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