Armed robbers escaped with an unknown amount of money after ambushing an armored car carrying cash at Hustler Casino in California. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Guard shot, another wounded
Gunmen shot one guard and wounded another in an ambush on an armored car at Hustler Casino in Gardena, California.
The suspects were waiting in the parking lot when the armored vehicle delivered cash to the casino on Thursday morning. Gardena police responded to the scene around 10:09 a.m., as the law enforcement agency later shared via Facebook:
Gardena PD officers who arrived at Hustler Casino on West Redondo Beach Boulevard immediately gave emergency medical attention to the guard who had been shot in the leg. According to CBS Los Angeles, rescuers took the injured guard to hospital in critical condition, but he was expected to survive. The second guard suffered “cuts and multiple cuts”.
they were answered with gunfire.”
Gardena PD’s District One Lieutenant, Christopher Cuff, stated that as soon as the guards exited their armored vehicle “they were greeted with gunfire”. He also told the Los Angeles Times that the suspects were armed with handguns “and at least one rifle.”
Cuff confirmed that the suspects escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
According to the call to police, witnesses heard multiple gunshots at the entrance to Hustler Casino. The guards and gunmen engaged in a firefight, causing the armed robbers to flee without entering the casino.
According to the Times, the Gardena casino was open during the shooting, with several witnesses taking cover inside the building. One of the suspects is said to have barricaded himself in the Moose Lounge next to the casino.
At about 12:10 p.m., riot police surrounded a building near Hustler Casino. The SWAT police used flashing bangs and a drone to try to flush someone out. After no one came out, the police concluded that there were no suspects inside.
The total number of suspects was not clear, but according to Cuff there were at least three. Witnesses failed to provide many details of the gunmen, other than that they were wearing dark-colored clothing.
According to the Gardena PD, the detective agency is in the early stages of investigating the Hustler Casino case.
A terrifying experience
The dramatic shooting affected several adults and children in the area. As reported by CBS LA, Philip Chavez was out walking his dog when the shooting began. He told the paper on Thursday, “I’m still shaking.”
make sure the kids were safe”
Kindergarten teacher Alaysha Howard taught a class across the street from the gunfight. “I was just trying to make sure no one would come here” […] I was trying to hide here and make sure the kids were safe.’
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