Police in Los Angeles are conducting a massive manhunt for one of their own – an LAPD officer suspected of killing three people and injuring two others.
The search is for Christopher Dorner, fired from the police department in 2008 for making false statements. He was linked to the weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during disciplinary hearings, according to the Associated Press.
Early Thursday, police came under fire in two separate shootings in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.
Hours later, Los Angeles officers guarding a “target” named in an online posting by Dorner shot and wounded two women in Torrance who were in a pickup but were not involved, authorities said.
Emma Hernandez, 71, was delivering the Los Angeles Times with her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47,when Los Angeles police detectives apparently mistook their pickup for that of Dorner.
Hernandez, who attorney Glen T. Jonas said was shot twice in the back, was in stable condition late Thursday. Carranza received stitches on her finger.
Meanwhile, Dorner has issued a manifesto that reveals him to be virulently opposed to the National Rifle Association, a supporter of Barack Obama, a fan of CNN’s Piers Morgan and, ironically, a supporter of gun control.
Text of manifesto: The Los Angeles Police Department is examining a manifesto it said was published on what the agency believes is the Facebook page of shooting suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner.
“Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of s—,” wrote Dorner. “You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers and families of Sandy Hook.”
In a message directed to Morgan, he wrote: “I want you to know that I agree with you 100 percent on enacting stricter firearm laws.”
He attacked “birthers” and others who criticize Obama: “You disrespect the office of the POTUS/Presidency and Commander in Chief. You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President. The same as you did to President George W. Bush and all those in the highest ranking position of our land before him. Just as I always have. You question his birth certificate, his educational and professional accomplishments, and his judeo-christian beliefs. You make disparaging remarks about his dead parents. You never questioned the fact that his former opponent, the honorable Senator John McCain, was not born in the CONUS or that Bush had a C average in his undergrad. Electoral Candidates children (Romney) state they want to punch the president in the face during debates with no formal repercussions. No one even questioned the fact that the son just made a criminal threat toward the President. You call his wife a Wookie. Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama.”
Detectives said the military-trained Dorner implicated himself in the killings with the multi-page manifesto.
In it, he wrote: “I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.
“Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared,” he added. “That’s what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name.”
In a Facebook post, the ex-cop wrote that he knew he would be vilified but said: “Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.”
Dorner’s LAPD badge and an ID were found near San Diego airport and handed to police early yesterday.
Dorner is wanted for the killings of Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, who were shot in their car on Sunday night.
Other excerpts from the manifesto read:
- “Christoph Waltz : Christopher Walz, you impressed me in Inglorious Basterds (sic). After viewing Django Unchained, I was sold. I have come to the conclusion that you are well on your way to becoming one of the greats if not already and show glimpses of Daniel Day Lewis and Morgan Freeman-esque type qualities of greatness. Trust me when I say that you will be one of the greatest ever.”
- “Ellen DeGeneres : Ellen Degeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America and bringing the human factor to entertainment. You changed the perception of your gay community and how we as Americans view the LGBT community. I congratulate you on your success and opening my eyes as a young adult, and my generation to the fact that you are know different from us other than who you choose to love. Oh, and you Prop 8 supporters, why the f— do you care who your neighbor marries. Hypocritical pieces of s—.”
- “Charlie Sheen: Charlie Sheen, you’re effin awesome.”
Also praised in the manifesto is a long list of broadcast media figures, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, whom he says he once met, and Anderson Cooper of CNN, whom he admires but suggests must “stop nagging and berating” his guests. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, he writes, has never “uttered a positive word about America” and thus deserves to be deported, while Piers Morgan deserves “indefinite resident alien” status.
The manhunt for Dorner, 33, has been conducted in the California mountains and neighboring states as authorities continued their search for a bitter and angry ex-policeman suspected of killing three people and terrorizing Southern California in a vendetta against his former department.
The 6-foot, 270-pound former Navy Reserve lieutenant, considered a skilled marksman with military training, posted on his Facebook page a lengthy, rambling manifesto outlining his grievances with LAPD officials and vowed to “terminate” them and their families.
“I never had an opportunity to have a family of my own. I’m terminating yours,” Dorner wrote. “You have misjudged a sleeping giant.”
In other parts of the manifesto, he says his favorite 2012 presidential candidate was Republican Jon Huntsman Jr., he cheers on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and advises him to lose weight, cites Colin L. Powell as a personal role model, and calls “the honorable President George H.W. Bush” his second-favorite president and wishes him a good recovery from recent health problems.
The personal parts of the manifesto specifically threaten all Los Angeles police officers and imply that his rampage will end with his death.