“There is no other way to put it: you are amazing,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, describing the MPs’ bravery.
A shooter in Compton, California shot both MPs four or five times on Saturday night, Garcetti said. They are in stable but critical condition, having “survived the operation well,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KABC Radio.
By an “absolute miracle” it appears that they will survive, said the mayor.
Footage that appears to be from surveillance cameras shows a MP who identified Garcetti as a 31-year-old mother hiding behind a pillar, giving help to her 24-year-old partner and calling for help. Both are bloody.
“These are two brave people who are putting their lives on the line,”
Detectives have not yet identified a suspect, but thanks to donations from two private donors, the reward is now $ 175,000, Villanueva said.
How the attack developed
The gunman walked over to the passenger side of the MPs’ vehicle, raised a pistol and shot it, Captain Kent Wegener said.
“This is just a grim reminder that this is a dangerous job and that actions and words have consequences. Our job is not getting easier because people don’t like law enforcement,” said Villanueva. “It makes me angry. It scares me at the same time.”
“There is no place in our society for the violence we have seen,” said Garcetti. He described the district’s MPs as guardians of one of the city’s public transport systems.
Both MPs were sworn in 14 months ago, the sheriff said.
Trump, Biden and Schiff denounce the attack
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the shooting.
“If we find this person, we have to get a lot faster with our courts, and we have to get a lot tougher with our convictions. We have to come out very, very strong,” Trump told supporters in Las Vegas Sunday.
Biden called the shooting “absolutely incomprehensible”.
“Lawlessness and violence against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous and completely counterproductive to the pursuit of peace and justice in America – as are the actions of those who fuel such attacks,” Biden said in a statement.
The US Democratic MP Adam Schiff, whose district includes parts of Los Angeles County, offered his prayers to MPs.
CNN’s Sara Sidner, Anderson Cooper, Sarah Moon, Holly Yan, Artemis Moshtaghian, Amir Vera and Jennifer Selva contributed to this report.