Los Angeles Police Still Searching For Gunman Who Shot Deputy Sheriff in Florence, California

It is 4:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. ET) Saturday, November 17, and Los Angeles County Sheriffs are still concentrating their efforts on finding the gunman who shot a sheriff’s deputy in a community south of Los Angeles Friday night.

The deputy, who was on duty with the gang enforcement team of LASD Operation Safe Streets Bureau, was shot about 9:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. ET) in the 1600 block of 87th Street in the unincorporated Florence, California area, several miles south of downtown, authorities said.

Three to five people were being sought in connection with the shooting, police said.

Helicopter footage showed a huge police presence locking down 30 blocks, where the search was taking place.

The department has not provided details on what led up to the shooting.

According to sheriff’s deputy Nicole Nishida, the officer’s vital signs are reported to be in stable condition following emergency surgery early Saturday at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.

No other details of his injury or condition were released, and his name was being withheld.

The department has not provided details on what led up to the shooting.

More than 100 deputies and other law enforcement personnel were involved in the search, with numerous squad cars working out of a command post near the shooting site.

Residents in the area are being told to stay in their homes with their doors and windows locked. Police have asked anyone in the area who sees people acting suspiciously to call 911.

Sheriff Lee Baca was escorted by law enforcement officials to the hospital Friday night.

We will have another update in approximately one hour.

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