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A sniper may open the fire at the Lancaster Sheriff's station and wound a deputy

An armed man opened the fire at Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, wounding a deputy.

Someone shot at the station's helipad and met a deputy on the shoulder, authorities said. The deputy was hospitalized because of a seemingly not life-threatening "abrasion" on the shoulder.

"My deputy is in stable condition at a local hospital. He was hit in the shoulder by a shot, "said Sheriff Alex Villaneuva. "We've set up a barrier in a nearby building and are just going through all our tactical steps." The sheriff said the shot came from a considerable distance. It was unclear how many shots were fired.

Officials believe the suspect is in a four-story building. The deputies searched the building with binoculars for a possible sniper, and nearby officials are waiting for the SWAT team. On the Freeway 1

4 tactical units were sent with armored vehicles to Lancaster.

Concerned about sniper fire, the deputies were ordered to approach the area only from the west. The deputies evacuate nearby buildings, including a library and a residential complex.

A source from the Sheriff's Department reported that the gunman had fired a high-speed rifle that hit the injured deputy at 14:53, saying that there were two shots coming from the north of the heliport near the residential building , were fired according to the preliminary information provided by the authorities. The deputy was able to climb back to the station and get medical help.
Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris said the substitute's bullet-proof vest had saved his life, but the bullet slammed into his shoulder.

"He leaves the sheriff's station and a sniper has shot him," Parris said. "In our city, that's incomprehensible."

The public was told to avoid the area.

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