A fundraiser launched for the two LA deputies shot during an ambush over the weekend has amassed more than $315,000 in donations in just over 24 hours – as the reward for helping to locate the gunman responsible rises to $200,000.
The two officers - one, a 31-year-old woman, the other a 24-year-old man – were shot multiple times as they sat inside their patrol car outside the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street on Saturday night by a black male suspect who then fled the scene.
Both are now in a stable condition in hospital, and a massive manhunt is now underway for the hooded gunman, who’s said to be between the ages of 28 and 30.
A GoFundMe page, set up by Keegan McInnis Monday to help cover the costs off the officers’ medical bills, has already reached a staggering $318,850 as of late Tuesday morning.
‘We are asking for our brothers and sisters in our communities as well as our brothers and sisters in law enforcement to come together and help us raise money to ensure their needs and the needs of their families are taken care of,’ the appeal urges.
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The two officers - one, a 31-year-old woman, the other a 24-year-old man – were shot as multiple times as they sat inside their patrol car outside the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street on Saturday night
A GoFundMe page , set up by Keegan McInnis Monday to help cover the costs off the officers’ medical bills, has already reached a staggering $318,850 as of late Tuesday morning
Video released by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department shows the moment the male suspect opened fire on two deputies at a Compton bus station before fleeing on foot
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed in an interview with KABC 790 Monday that two donors stepped forward with $25,000 and $50,000 to increase the department’s $100,000 reward for information that leads to the gunman's arrest.
Phillip A. Washington, the CEO of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority, later announced his agency would be contributing another $25,000 to the reward, bringing the total up to $200k.
'We hope this small contribution will help to bring the perpetrator to justice,' Washington said in a statement.
The reward amount is expected to continue increasingly significantly in the coming days.
Sheriff Villanueva has also challenged LeBron James, an outspoken activist and Black Lives Matter supporter, to match the current sum.
'This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,' Villanueva said, speaking on KABC Radio, on the John Phillips Show.
'I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community.
'And I appreciated that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.'
Villanueva says his department needs all the help it can get to bring the currently unidentified gunman to justice.
Earlier video released by cops showed the suspect approaching an LACSD vehicle parked outside the Metro Blue Line station and opening fire before he fled on foot.
Alex Villanueva, sheriff of LA County, on Monday challenged LeBron James to match the funds
The 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old is seen applying a tourniquet to her partner's arm. She then supported him until ambulances arrived to rescue them on Saturday. Both are now in a