Early Thursday morning, Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, drove slowly down a quiet residential street delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times. Unknown to the two women, a high-ranking LAPD official resided on the street. As their vehicle approached the house, at least seven officers opened fire from behind, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs.
The attorney representing the women said the police
officers gave "no commands, no instructions and no opportunity to
surrender" before opening fire. Incredibly, both women survived, Hernandez with two gunshot wounds in her back and Carranza with multiple cuts from broken glass.
Residents said they wanted to know what happened.
"How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large
black male?" said Richard Goo, 62, who counted five bullet holes in the
entryway to his house. Goo said he could hear the bullets hitting the front door and feared
they were coming through the house. He said he called 911 for the
police, but was notified that the police were already there.
Additionally, Carranza was driving a blue Toyota Tacoma while Dorner at that time still drove a gray Nissan Titan. It apparently didn't occur to the boys in blue in their panicked state that there might be more than one pick up truck on the residential streets of greater Los Angeles.
Buffoonery? Unbridled police lawlessness? Or a perfect storm of both?
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