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Woman Survives Multiple Gunshots After Being Ambushed in California

Newsweek logo Newsweek 3/23/2022 Gerrard Kaonga
Stock image of a car windshield with multiple bullet holes. A woman was rushed to hospital after surviving an ambush in Los Angeles. © Getty Images Stock image of a car windshield with multiple bullet holes. A woman was rushed to hospital after surviving an ambush in Los Angeles.

A woman was rushed to hospital in California after surviving an ambush that left the car she was in riddled with bullets.

The shooting occurred around 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday night in the area of 41st Drive and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, according to an ABC7 report.

When the Los Angeles Police Department arrived on the scene, they found a woman, believed to be in her 30s, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The windshield of the car she was in was riddled with dozens of bullet holes. Multiple bullet casings were also discovered at the scene.

The victim, who was not named, was breathing and conscious when the ambulance arrived. She spoke to both the police and emergency services as she was put into the ambulance by wheelchair.

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Speaking to ABC7 News, LAPD Sgt. Craig Orange said the victim "is blessed to survive something of this magnitude."

Police have said that the shooter escaped the area in a late model 4-door white sedan.

They are searching the area for security or CCTV footage to help with their investigation.

Newsweek has contacted the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.

In January, the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, announced how he plans to tackle a surge in gun violence in Los Angeles and criticized how gun violence was being handled in the city.

He noted that 278 Los Angeles residents had died in gun violence in 2021, while 1,499 were shot. The Los Angeles Police Department had recovered 30 percent more guns in 2021 than the year before, 20 percent of which were "ghost" guns, Feuer said in a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City Council and Police Commission.

Ghost guns are untraceable weapons often assembled from kits at home.

"A number of specific approaches to grapple with this epidemic are in place. But as the continued increase in gun violence demonstrates, these important efforts are insufficient," Feuer said in his plan.

"The causes of LA's increasing gun violence, which is mirrored in major cities across America, are complex.

"There is a huge number of firearms on our streets, fueled by an increase in gun purchases in the last federal election cycle and easy online access to ghost guns," Feuer said.

"The pandemic has compounded the emergency, increasing stress, anxiety, disconnection and isolation, causing disproportionate economic hardships in already disadvantaged communities, closing schools and diminishing community-based prevention and intervention programs."

Garcetti addressed the 2021 crime numbers in a speech in January 2022.

He admitted that gun violence was an issue in the city but also highlighted the success officers had had in 2021.

"Guns are everywhere much more than we have seen in past years," he said during his speech.

"8,650 illegal firearms were taken off our streets, thanks to the men and women of this department."

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