Woman Mistakenly Shot By Cops Looking for Dorner Remains Hospitalized
The 71-year-old newspaper delivery woman shot by authorities on the hunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner Thursday morning remains hospitalized today.
While officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division were on protective detail on a residential street in Torrance, there to ensure the safety of an individual named in Dorner's "manifesto" against the LAPD, a truck officers believed matched the description of Dorner's was spotted slowly moving down the street with the lights off.
The officers opened fire on the truck, striking the two women inside, Emma Hernandez, and her 47-year-old daughter Margie Carranza. Hernandez was hit twice in the back, according to her attorney, and was reported Thursday night to be stable. Her daughter received stitches on her finger, according to City News Service.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called the shooting "a case of mistaken identity."
Attorney Glen T. Jonas, who is representing the mother and daughter, has a different take: "The problem with the situation is, it looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and in so doing, didn't take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don't look like a large black man."
Dorner is six feet tall and weighs 270 pounds.
Following the shooting of the two women, Torrance police similarly opened fire nearby after seeing a truck matching the description of Dorner's, however no one was injured.
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