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Officer Wounded in Shooting at LAPD Station

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Published on Apr 8, 2014

A Los Angeles officer was shot and wounded by a gunman who walked into a police station lobby with "a complaint" and opened fire, officials said.

Two desk officers, including the one who was hit, returned fire and wounded the gunman, police said. The officer's armored vest was credited with saving his life, said LAPD Cmdr. Dennis Kato.

The officer, a seven-year veteran of the LAPD, was shot seven times -- three times in the vest and four times in his extremities, officials said. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was expected to survive.

"He is in great spirits," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said outside the hospital. "Remarkable young man. Very, very lucky."

The gunman was also taken to Cedars-Sinai in critical condition, police said.

The violence broke out at 8:30 p.m. at the LAPD's West Traffic Division, which is housed in the Wilshire Division, in the Mid-City area of LA.

Details about why the gunman fired were not immediately available. Kato said the gunman had an unspecificied complaint. The gunman had parked in a bank parking lot and walked into the lobby.

The station has no metal detector in the lobby.

The shooter's semi-automatic pistol was recovered inside the lobby, police said.

A bomb squad team checked a vehicle believed to be connected to the gunman, officials said.

"Luckily our officers reacted the way they were trained to and were wearing the proper body armor, and I think that's why they're going to survive this attack," Kato said.

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