The girl was in the dressing room of a clothing store when she was hit by a police bullet.
In the US state of California on Thursday, December 23, Los Angeles police shot dead a 14-year-old girl while trying to detain the suspect.
LA police shot dead a 14-year-old girl inside a clothing store dressing room Thursday while firing at a suspect who had previously assaulted a woman, according to authorities.
According to authorities, the male suspect was also shot dead by police. He and the girl’s names have not been revealed. The assaulted woman was brought to the hospital with moderate to serious injuries.
The bullets were fired around 11:45 a.m. inside a Burlington store in the North Hollywood area of the San Fernando Valley, part of a company formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory.
At a press conference, Los Angeles police Capt. Stacy Spell said that officers initially responded to allegations of a person being assaulted with a deadly weapon and reports of shots being fired. Officers shot fire after they witnessed the man abusing another individual, according to Spell.
According to Spell, the suspect was hit by the officers’ rounds and died.
LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi says that one of the shots passed through a dressing room wall and hit the 14-year-old girl. Officers later discovered her inside.
“You can’t see into the dressing rooms and it just looks like a straight wall of drywall,” Choi said at a second news conference.
Investigators aren’t sure if the teen was in the changing room before the violence began or if she fled in there to hide, he added.
Authorities do not yet know the man’s motive or whether he knew the woman he assaulted in the store, according to Choi.
According to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Nicholas Prange, the woman had moderate to critical injuries and was taken to a hospital. It was unclear whether she had been shot, but Choi claimed she had injuries to her head, arms, and face.
Police found a large metal cable lock near the suspect that they believe was used in the assault.
In the first assault report, Spell stated that the injured woman was the victim. It wasn’t immediately clear what weapon was used in the attack.
He went on to say that police had received complaints regarding the suspect behaving strangely before the incident.
According to Imelda Garcia, her sister works at the store and was on break when she heard gunfire and everyone ran. Garcia stated that she spoke with her sister on the phone and that she is well, but that she sounded “really nervous.”
Nearly two hours after the shooting, police escorted everyone out of the store.
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