An intense manhunt was underway in California Tuesday morning for the man accused of shooting an off-duty officer grabbing a bite to eat at a popular fast food restaurant.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy was waiting for his order at a Jack in the Box in Alhambra before 6 p.m. Monday evening when he was “tragically and senselessly shot in the head,” Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva told ABC News. “He needs our prayers.”
The deputy, whose name has not been released, remains in critical condition at County-USC Medical Center.
While the deputy was not sporting his uniform when he was approached by the suspect, authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting was a targeted attack, homicide Capt. Kent Wegener told reporters during a news conference Monday night.
Police said the alleged gunman was wearing a fedora and sunglasses during the incident and described him as a white or Latino man in his 20s. He left the scene in a 2006 Kia Sportage with paper tags and traveled to a neighborhood, where he was captured on a residential security cam.
Authorities believe he used the quick detour to change out of the black t-shirt and pants he wore during the attack. The suspected shooter was last spotted in the same vehicle he used to flee and police have released images of the alleged gunman, lifted from surveillance video.
Wegener during the press conference Monday urged anyone with information in the case to come forward and warned those who may hiding the shooting suspect.
“It’s time to turn him in,” he said. “You don’t want to be associated with this man, and the Sheriff’s Department is going to spare no resources to locate this suspect.”