TORRANCE, Calif. (KTLA) – LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced Saturday his department will provide a new truck to two women injured by officers in pursuit of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner.
Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were delivering newspapers in Torrance early Thursday when LAPD officers riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with bullets.
Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza sustained minor injuries from broken glass.
Beck has called the incident “a tragic misinterpretation” by officers working under “incredible tension” hours after Dorner allegedly shot three police officers, one fatally.
Officers had mistakenly thought the truck they were driving belonged to Dorner.
The two women now say they had no warning before they were caught in a hail of bullets by officers, and it is remarkable that they survived.
One neighbor in the area told the Los Angeles Times she believes she heard roughly 60 rounds fired at the women. An image of their aqua blue Toyota Tundra truck, riddled with bullet holes, tells the story.
It was around 5 a.m. Thursday morning that police in El Segundo spotted the truck exiting the freeway.
But LAPD officers failed to realize that they women were delivering Los Angeles Times newspapers.
Police fired on the truck in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance, leaving both women with non-life threatening wounds.
Officers in the area had been assigned to keep watch over a high-ranking LAPD officer’s home.
The women have subsequently retained an attorney, Glen T. Jonas. Jonas reports that Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza received stitches on her finger.
“The police have a job to do,” Jonas said. “But that job does not include street justice. It does not include execution.”
“Obviously, everyone is uptight, and you’ve got to be sensitive to that. But you’ve got to be professional, and match your description, and give fair warning before you start shooting at people.”
The LA Times reports that a total of seven different officers fired on the women’s truck in Torrance.