Shooting mess in South L.A.

An LAPD officer was wounded and a gun-wielding father and his toddler daughter died yesterday evening in a shootout with police at 104th Street and Avalon Boulevard. The father apparently used his daughter as a human shield, and the cops who were there are grappling with the dread that their bullets killed her. "The officers are taking it very hard," Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell says. "Anytime you have a baby killed, it takes its toll." The mother is outraged, saying police ignored her pleas not to shoot Jose Raul Lemos. Mayor Villaraigosa went to the scene and met with the family of the seventeen-month-old girl and the wounded officer, who has not been identified. This is one we'll be hearing about again.


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