More details emerged on Friday about the shooting of two innocent women during the manhunt for suspected LA cop killer Christopher Jordan Dorner.
The women were shot by panicked police who'd heard a radio message warning about the sighting of a pickup similar to Dorner's gray Nissan Titan.
When a pickup entered the street in which seven police stood guarding the residence of a top LA police official, they opened fire, unleashing 20 or 30 rounds at the truck.
It was only after they'd stopped shooting that they realized the truck was a blue Toyota Tacoma - not a gray Nissan Titan like Dorner's. And the people inside the vehicle were not suspected cop-killer Dorner, but rather, two innocent women: Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, who were delivering the LA Times.
"How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large black male?" asked Richard Goo, a local resident quoted in the LA Times. Both women are expected to recover, though Hernandez, who was shot twice in the back, is still in intensive care.
The women's attorney Glen Jonas describes a terrifying ordeal: "there was no warning. There were no orders. No commands. Just gunshots." He's not impressed with the police explanation of a "tragic mistake." "The vehicle is a different color. The license plate doesn't match. There's nothing there for you to start shooting people. And even if they had the person in question...Mr. Dorner...you still have to give them an opportunity to get out. You can't just start administering street justice," said Jonas.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the LA Times that his officers were experiencing "incredible tension" just hours after Dorner had shot three other officers. There'll be an investigation into whether police were justified in opening fire, and those involved could be penalized or receive extra training.