SWAT Called in After Reports of Shots Fired at SoCal Pro-Trump Caravan

Witness said she heard gunfire and found her car with a flat fire

Last Updated: August 30, 2020 @ 6:22 PM

UPDATE, 6:22 PM: Updated with further reports from LAPD after no suspect was found.

LAPD SWAT teams were called to Woodland Hills after shots were fired during a caravan rally in support of President Trump, according to police and local reports.

A woman who was not participating in the rally along Ventura Boulevard told police she heard gunfire and found one of her car’s tires had been punctured, possibly by a bullet fragment. Police were called to a Woodland Hills apartment where a second witness said they saw a man with a gun on a balcony. After several hours of street shutdowns, police entered the apartment where the suspect was believed to have been barricaded inside with two others but found the room empty. Police are still searching for the suspect and the investigation is ongoing. No injuries were reported.

The reported shooting follows a series of clashes between Trump supporters and critics nationwide, many of which have centered around protests against police brutality. Two people were fatally shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during ongoing unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was left paralyzed after being shot seven times in the back by a police officer. On Saturday, clashes between police protesters and far-right groups in Portland led to the death of one person.