Los Angeles Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti described the actions of protesters who had gathered outside a hospital and treated two police officers who were ambushed and shot on Saturday as "hideous" as he prayed for a speedy recovery wounded sheriff deputy.
Garcetti's comments on Sunday during an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" came just hours after a group of protesters saw slogans such as "Death to the Police!" A 31-year-old deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County and a 24-year-old male deputy were operated on outside the hospital on Saturday night.
"In civilized society there is no place for someone to pull an arm and shoot our police officers who are putting their lives at risk," said Garcetti. "And I'll never allow a few voices that aren't just inappropriate." But it's abhorrent to say such a thing when we have two MPs who are sheriff MPs in serious condition. "
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MPs were shot while sitting in their patrol car at a subway station and were able to call for help by radio, the sheriff said. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, whose department came under fire in recent anti-race protests, expressed frustration with the sentiment against the police when he asked people to pray for MPs.
"It makes me angry. It scares me at the same time, ”he said.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. not far from the Compton Sheriff's Station south of downtown Los Angeles. The shooter remains at large.
As of Sunday, both officers will no longer have an operation. One MP was shot in the face and the other in the head.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, described the shooting of the two MPs as "a terrible, cowardly act" in a tweet on Sunday.
"A 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old are fighting for their lives because of this cowardly, terrible act," he tweeted. "The perpetrator must be brought to justice quickly."
Newsom's comments were echoed by Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, a Democrat representing the congressional district where the two officers were ambushed.
"Prayers for the two sheriff's deputies who were shot dead near the Blue Line tonight while fighting for their lives," she tweeted. “The video is unsettling and shows a coward ambushing the officers. May the suspect be brought to justice. "
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tweeted a video of the shooting showing a person opening fire through the passenger side window of the patrol car.
While California received swift condemnation from state and local lawmakers, news of the ambush hasn't received as violently a national response.
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Neither House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Nor MP Maxine Waters, a prominent Democrat who represents parts of Los Angeles County, publicly commented on the Sunday afternoon shooting.
Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the R-California House of Representatives, asked his followers on social media to pray for the wounded police officers while President Trump watched the video of the shooting along with the comment, "Animals to be hit hard! ”
Both Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his colleague, Senator Kamala Harris of California, sharply condemned the shooting.
"This cold-blooded shooting is incomprehensible and the perpetrator must be brought to justice," tweeted Biden. “Violence of any kind is wrong; those who do it should be caught and punished. "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.