Shots were fired from a vehicle at a Los Angeles Police Department officer conducting surveillance Tuesday morning in an area southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
"We have a dangerous individual out there who has fired on an LAPD officer," Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.
No officers were injured. Several rounds struck the plainclothes undercover officer's unmarked vehicle, according to police.
The officer was inside the vehicle when someone in a car drove by and opened fire near Crenshaw Street and Edgehill Drive near Leimert Park. She was on a crime-suppression assignment in the area when the shooting occurred, police said.
"I do feel you have people being a little more bold than they were in the past and causing more violence towards police," Officer Jamie McBride said
Investigators have not determined whether the officer was targeted, police said.
"It's important we find who did this so they don't do it to anybody else," said LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery. "We don't know what this individual's intent was."
The officer did not return fire. No arrests were reported and a detailed description of the gunman's vehicle was not available.
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"If that officer requested for help, which I’m sure she did, depending on where the officers are, sometimes we have two to four units working a 65-square mile, it might take a while to get there. And that’s the scary part," McBride said.