Police investigate reports of shots fired near Trump rally in Los Angeles

Police in Los Angeles responded to reports of shots fired near a pro-Trump parade on Sunday morning.

Los Angeles may seem like an unlikely place for this, but hundreds of Trump supporters showed up in force on Ventura Boulevard for a patriotic parade.

Trump parade in Southern California

Photos of the event were shared on social media.

Shots fired

Then, someone reported hearing shots ring out from an apartment. No one has reported any injuries, but one woman said that her tire appeared to have been damaged. According to the Los Angeles Times:

A woman who was driving east on Ventura past the procession heard what sounded like gunshots and noticed her tire went flat, Los Angeles police said in a news release. When she inspected it, she found it had been damaged by a projectile, possibly a bullet or a bullet fragment, police said.

“It was not a BB,” LAPD Deputy Chief Jorge Rodriguez said. “It was possibly a .22 caliber, .25 caliber weapon based on the evidence at the car.”

Reportedly, the boulevard was shut down as police searched for the suspected shooter, who was reportedly barricaded inside of an apartment. The Times reported that the LAPD said they “obtained a photo of a man with a rifle on the balcony of an apartment unit.”

Eventually, a SWAT team broke into the apartment but the men inside had apparently already fled.

More violence

This report follows the fatal shooting of a supporter of the pro-Trump Patriot’s Prayer group in Portland this weekend. Downtown Portland has been the scene of nightly protests and riots all summer, with frequent clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters, antifa, and law enforcement.

Police identified the victim as 39-year-old Aaron J. Danielson, who died in the street after being shot in the chest on Saturday night. The investigation is ongoing, but police are investigating a suspect who has described himself as “100% antifa.”

This is a developing story.

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