Officer shot inside lobby of police station

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LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles police officer was shot after a man walked into the front lobby of the LAPD’s station and opened fire Monday night, authorities said.

The shooting was reported at the LAPD’s West Traffic Division located in the 4800 block of Venice Boulevard in the Mid-City area around 8 p.m., according to LAPD Media Relations Officer Sara Faden.

lapd-west-traffic-shootingLAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the gunman had a conversation with two officers, then pulled out a gun and began shooting. Both officers returned fire, seriously wounding the gunman.

“The male officer was hit… seven times – three in the vest and four times in the extremities,” Beck said. “After being hit seven times he returned fire, saving his own life and the life of his partner.”

Beck described the wounded officer as “very lucky,” saying his luck was augmented by his courage.

Video from the scene showed the officer being transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The suspected gunman was also taken to a hospital.

The officer was said to be in good spirits. The alleged gunman was in surgery.

A community city council meeting was underway at the police station when the gunfire erupted, according to a witness who did not want to be identified.

The witness told KTLA that he heard as many as 20 shots, one of which came into the room where people attending the meeting hit the floor.