Shooting at L.A. Pro-Trump Rally Turns Into Standoff

Three suspects were surrounded by law enforcement Sunday following an alleged shooting during a pro-Trump caravan rally in Woodland Hills.

A Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Team surrounded an apartment complex building where three suspects were believed to be barricaded inside leading to a 5-hour standoff, according to Patch.com.

“Police responded to a report of gunshots at a caravan rally in support of President Donald Trump in the 20600 block of Ventura Boulevard at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. No one was wounded in the shooting,” the report said.

After several hours of Ventura Boulevard being shut down, SWAT made entry into the apartment and found no one at home.

The building where the suspects were located was locked down and all nearby apartments evacuated, according to NBC Los Angeles.

At 4:30 p.m., reporter Emily Valdez tweeted video footage of LAPD vehicles and a helicopter overhead and said a tire on a vehicle in the caravan was shot out:

An hour prior, Valdez tweeted photos of the caravan and what appeared to be counter-protesters:

Resident Chantel Bonet lives in a townhouse at the complex in Woodland Hills with her two children and said she heard running and called 911, according to the Associated Press (AP).

“They told me to stay inside and keep the door locked,” a neighbor said, adding, “It was pretty scary.”

Jorge Rodriguez, deputy chief of the LAPD Valley Bureau, said the department obtained a photo of a man with a rifle on the balcony of an apartment unit. It’s unclear what kind of rifle he was holding, according to a report by LA Times.

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