Female Paper Carrier, 71, Shot During Manhunt

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TORRANCE, Calif. (KTLA) — Two women are recovering after their pickup was riddled by police gunfire in Torrance, in what investigators are calling a case of mistaken identity.

torrance-picThe officers who opened fire were on the lookout for fugitive Christopher Dorner. Another vehicle was also mistakenly fired upon not far away.

The first incident happened about 5:30 a.m. Thursday in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue.

It involved LAPD detectives from the Hollywood division, who were reportedly on a protective detail for an LAPD captain and his family named in Dorner’s manifesto.

Emma Hernandez, 71, was delivering the Los Angeles Times with her daughter, 47-year-old Margie Carranza, when officers apparently mistook their pickup for that of Dorner.

Hernandez was shot in the back, and remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Carranza suffered a wound from glass that struck her hand and received stitches.

“Tragically, we believe this is a case of mistaken identity,” Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said on Thursday about the shooting.

Hernandez and Carranza are both expected to be okay. They have retained attorney Glen T. Jonas.

“There was no warning, there was no orders or no commands… just gunshots,” Jonas told reporters.

According to Jonas, the women’s vehicle was “the wrong color and the wrong model,” compared to Dorner’s.

He said that police “had the goal of administering street justice” and “didn’t take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women didn’t look like a large black man.”

“We trust that the LAPD will step up and do the right thing and acknowledge that what they did was unacceptable and we’ll deal with it,” Jonas said.

The second incident, which involved Torrance police officers, happened around 5:45 a.m. at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street.

The Torrance officers had apparently heard about the nearby incident, and while en route they encountered a dark pickup that looked similar to Dorner’s.

They opened fire on the pickup. The man who was inside was not hit. So far, there has been no word of plans for a lawsuit from him.

–Chris Burrous reporting

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  • NoJustice

    Okay, another report for TPD and LAPD…..I will be leaving work in about 2 hours driving a vehicle that is NOT same make, model, color of the suspect. However, it is a truck of the same color.
    So if possible, can you not gun me down in cold blood like you did the paper-boy this morning (sorry paper-women) delivering their normal route.

    By the way, do you all shoot with your eyes open or just start firing rounds at anything that looks like the suspects vehicle…..

  • It's about to happen

    Is this guy a genius? Everything he is doing is forcing the cops to reveal how corrupt they are. It’s like he’s the Joker tearing the fake veneer of civility and justice off the Lapd. Not a cop hater but my eyes are opening

  • bluecup714

    good luck christopher…….it should't be too hard deleting these cops since their average of hitting their intended target is only 18%. I had to qualify at 98% just to be considered for a CCW. so it should be like shooting fish in a barrel……..go for high score. take as many of them as possible. who will protect them? good luck boys in blue………that flashy car and outfit only paint a big target on ya!!!! good hunting Chris and may luck be on your side.

  • bluecup714

    forgot…..when are the cops able to shoot before they really see who they are pulling over???? I really cant see where you would mistake 2 vietnamese ladies for a heavier set black man????????????????????????? i bet they will not be delivering papers anymore! cha ching. I also heard there was another civillian shot mistaken for him as well…..good going boys in blue.

  • Righteous Chris

    Reading some of the responses to the comments, you can actually tell whos a cop after reading Dorners manifesto. "These ladies were just at the wrong place at the wrong time" Really? Two ladies look like Dorner? Other guy calling Dorner a Nixxer ex-cop and hoping the commentor catches a bullet in a cross fire? I really hope Dorner gets away and wipes out these sick crooked cops, but leave the innocent alone.

  • Perry

    my neighbor's ex-wife makes $62 an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for 5 months but last month her pay was $15306 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more FLY38. ℂOM

  • Tired of corruption

    I agree the police are full of corruption. Where is the Mayor or Governor, Corner just provided so much insite on LAPD's corruption. They should be uncovering and firing all of the top people at LAPD and Orange County PD. The police are no longer to be trusted. They basically are bullies/gang members with badges and guns. They are more corrupt that the criminals. I am so upset that no media on the corruption. Why not???? I don't agree that Dorner should be killing the officers family members, no problem with the corrupted officers going down. How much brutality have the corrupted officers done to innocent people, beating on our mental people in the street, pregnant women, and nurses pulled over because she was on a cell phone and then beaten. These are men, they are worse than sissys. Now right back at you CORRUPTED POLICE. I truly hope Dorner doesn't get gun down, but I believe that is what they want, kill him, so they can shut him up. I'm sure there is so much more that Dorner needs to let the people know.

  • wakeupcalifornia

    watching the news and Beck states "the Riverside officers were cowardly ambushed, they had no opportunity to fight back, no pre-warning". WOW, you can simply insert "two asian newspaper delivery women"…and this takes on a whole different perspective. These officers need to be fired…..There is no excuse, or justification for this…..How can our reporters and police representatives get on TV and NOT talk about the injustice these two women experienced. Am I in the twilight zone? Beck states that "tragically, two innocent women were shot, due to Dorners' criminal action"???? what the heck? Regardless of Dorners criminal action, innocent people should not be shot at a gazillion times, in the back……

  • Freedom

    How does the censors on this page determine what they take down. Seems like anything that goes against the liberal media they remove, while they leave up other posts that have no bearing on the subject matter or are offensive.

    Guess freedom of speech only applies to the liberal, anti-American media?

  • rebecca

    fricken seriously??? they are so scared of this ex-cop thats on this rampage that they are just blasting anyone that drives a truck like his???? 2 women in this truck were shot in the back and in the hand. 30-40 bullet holes in their truck and all they were doing is delivering newspapers…. shows the excessive force that lapd has and proves the point that the crazy ex-cop on the rampage is talking about!!!! in no way do i condone his actions but it is evident on why he is now labeled as "crazy"

  • Lee Bailey

    just red the manifesto, I'm from Los Angeles, its to damn bad a good cop gets screwed and has to resort to this, LAPD has been crooked for decades, and now they shoot a woman in the back, well, I guess she looked like chris, the only drawback with the lawsutes coming is the people of L.A. will be paying it, great job LAPD, maybe you can shoot a midget next time

  • MOXY

    I hope both of these women sue the HELL outta the PD. What kind of trained officer shoots and is unsure of who the hell they are even shooting at. I think there is a cover up taking place here.

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  • guillermo

    I want to see some heads roll! The first thing they teach you at the academy is to identify your target. These Muppets almost killed someone's mother, daughter, and son. To bad it wasn't a cops mother or son that got shot at. Now the department is going to SPIN this to protect these INCOMPETENT clowns!
    I want these HAND JOBS dismissed and indicted on criminal charges!