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$100,000 reward offered in search for gunman who ambushed and shot LA County deputies in Compton

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The deputies -- a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man -- were hospitalized and "fighting for their lives" after the Saturday evening attack, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

(CNN)Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the gunman who ambushed and shot two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they sat in their car.

The deputies -- a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man -- were hospitalized and "fighting for their lives" Saturday night, the sheriff's department said.

As of Sunday, "it looks like they're going to be able to recover," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

The shooting happened shortly before 7 p. m. Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The gunman walked toward the passenger's side of the deputies' car, raised a pistol and shot both deputies, Capt.

Kent Wegener said.

The sheriff's department tweeted video of the shooting and the gunman running away.

Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement," Villanueva said.

Both deputies were sworn in 14 months ago, the sheriff said.

Trump, Biden and Schiff denounce the attack

Both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the shooting.

Biden called the shooting "absolutely unconscionable. "

"Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America -- as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on," Biden said in a statement.

Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff, whose district includes parts of Los Angeles County, called the attack "cowardly. "

"Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community," Schiff tweeted.

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