LASD Sheriff Villanueva Reacts to Viral Video Showing Bystanders Laughing at 2 LASD Deputies Shot in Ambush-Style Shooting

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Viral video shows bystanders laughing and not helping the two deputies who were ambushed and shot at the Compton transit center Saturday evening.

NOTE: Due to the disturbing and offensive nature of the video, KNX 1070 News decided not to use it in this story

LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva reacted to the viral video telling KNX 1070 he is disgusted.

"Not a soul walked up to the deputies. They were by themselves until their partners in the field showed up to help them," he said adding "there is no humanity there."

The Sheriff also told KNX the reward to help identify the shooter was up to $175,000 after private donations on Monday.

That has increased to more than $200,000 thanks to an additional $100,000 approved Tuesday by the LA County Board of Supervisors. Janice Hahn praised the wounded deputies.

The video was taken immediately after a gunman walked up to the two deputies sitting in their car and opened fire through the passenger window Saturday night - hitting both deputies multiple times. It shows bystanders laughing, but not assisting or calling police in the minutes following the attack. 

The deputies were a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy whose husband was at the hospital. And a 24-year-old man whose parents and girlfriend were also at the hospital, Sheriff Villanueva has said. The sheriff said he swore-in both deputies himself 14 months ago.

The deputies managed to get out of the car, severely injured, with one helping the other. 

Both deputies are in critical, but stable condition. The manhunt continues for the suspect.

On Sunday,  the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced a $100,000 reward in the search for a suspect who shot and injured two deputies in an apparent ambush-style attack caught on video.

Update: The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation. pic.twitter.com/cBQjyKkoxJ

— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020

$100K REWARD OFFER in Manhunt for Suspect in Ambush Shooting of 2 LA Sheriff’s Deputies #Compton #LASDCall investigators with your tips to 323-890-5500. https://t.co/gFFsQ72niE pic.twitter.com/N2uk4ONXKg

— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020