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An officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Bureau was injured Monday night after a gunman opened fire inside the Venice Boulevard station.

The alleged shooter, who police identified as a black male of undetermined age, entered the lobby of the station at approximately 8 p.m. and began shooting at a male and female officer who returned fire, LAPD spokesman Richard French said.

The male officer was wounded during the shootout but was listed in good condition as of Tuesday morning. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was seriously wounded and transported to a local hospital, French said.

Police recovered a semiautomatic weapon at the scene and several handguns from the suspect’s car.

“The bomb squad was called as a precaution to make sure that [the car] was safe to be impounded,” French said.

French said a community meeting was taking place in a building adjacent to the station at the time of the shooting but no one was injured.

— Gary Walker

 

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