LAPD officer shot and wounded inside West Bureau station*

A gunman opened fire inside the West Bureau station on Venice Boulevard — the station that also houses the Wilshire division — and shot at least one officer. The wounded officer was reportedly wearing a ballistic vest that may have stopped one or more rounds. The office was seen on TV being taken to a hospital by ambulance. There have been conflicting reports on whether the suspect was shot or apprehended. The incident began about 8 p.m. and the scene is still apparently chaotic, with helicopters overhead and Venice closed.

NBC4 appears to have the most detail, via police reporter Andrew Blankstein and Jason Kandel. From the web story:

A Los Angeles officer was shot and wounded by a gunman who walked into a police station and opened fire on two desk officers, officials said. The violence broke out after 8 p.m. at the LAPD's Wilshire Division, in the Mid-City area of LA. The officer was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital with a graze wound in the shoulder. The gunman was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. Police had returned fire....

The gunman had parked in a bank parking lot and walked into the lobby. The station has no metal detector in the lobby.

LA Times nightside reporter Robert J. Lopez says on Twitter that a community meeting was underway in the station when the shooting occurred.

*11:45 p.m. update: The unidentified seven-year LAPD veteran was shot at seven times and returned fire with another officer. The gunman was wounded. LAT

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