Torrance Shooting: How Were Two Women Accidentally Shot In Christopher Jordan Dorner Manhunt?
Two women who were accidentally shot by Los Angeles police in Torrance, Calif. early Thursday morning during a massive manhunt for an ex-LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner were just delivering newspapers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
One of the women, who were taken to area hospitals and not identified, was shot in the hand and the other in the back. The two were driving in a blue 2005 Nissan Titan, the same type of car that officers described to the public Dorner potentially driving as a getaway vehicle.
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After the accidental shooting, which KTLA reports happened at 5:20 a.m. involving officers from the Hollywood division of the LAPD, the pickup truck was riddled with bullet holes, and what appeared to be newspapers lay in the street beside it.
Sources told the Times that the LAPD officers involved in the Torrance shooting were on protective detail for a police official named in Dorner's multi-page online manifesto, where Dorner threatens "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against police.
A second Torrance shooting occurred shortly after the first Torrance shooting at about 5:45 a.m., but involved Torrance police officers. This Torrance shooting occurred at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street. No injuries were reported in that incident.
Chase said that in both Torrance shooting instances, police came across vehicles that they thought were similar to the one Dorner is believed to be driving, but neither vehicle was actually Dorner's.
"Now it appears neither of them are directly related," Chase said. "In both of them, officers believed they were at the time."
Local, state and federal authorities are involved in a giant manhunt for the 33-year-old Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected of shooting three police officers, one of whom died early Thursday in Riverside County, and killing 28-year-old Cal-State Fullerton women's basketball assistant coach Monica Quan and her 27-year-old fiancé Keith Lawrence in Orange County earlier this week.
Los Angeles police were put on a citywide tactical alert and the California Highway Patrol issued a "blue alert" for nine Southern California counties regarding Dorner with freeway signs urging motorists to call 911 if they saw a 2005 Nissan Titan as officers patrolled the streets near one of the Riverside County crime scenes with rifles.
Officials said he is believed to be driving a 2005 blue or gray Nissan Titan, switching between California license plates 8D83987 and 7X09131. Dorner is described as a 6-foot-tall black male, weighing 270 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is in La Palma.
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