The shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in a seeming ambush led to a manhunt for the shooter, reaction from the president and protests outside the hospital where the wounded deputies were being treated, the Associated Press reports. A 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy both underwent surgery Saturday evening, said Sheriff Alex Villanueva. The deputies were shot while sitting in their patrol car at a Metro rail station and were able to radio for help. Villanueva, whose department has come under fire during protests over racial unrest, expressed frustration over anti-police sentiment as he urged people to pray for the officers. “It pisses me off,” he said. “It dismays me at the same time.”
Video of the shooting showed a person open fire through the passenger-side window of the patrol car. The video prompted thousands of reactions, including from President Donald Trump, who said, “Animals that must be hit hard!” Protesters gathered outside the emergency room at the hospital where the injured deputies were being treated. “To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’… DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.” A radio reporter was taken into custody. The sheriff’s department said the reporter interfered with the arrest of a male protester.