CNS – Deputies recovered a high-caliber weapon that was used in a shootout between sheriff’s deputies and a gunman in Compton, and 11 people were being detained for questioning, authorities said last Wednesday. Authorities identified 19-year-old gunman Ahmad Whitfield who was arrested Wednesday morning and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Web site.
No one was injured in the exchange of gunfire that occurred at Alondra Boulevard and Grandee Avenue, near Compton Woodley Airport, around 8:20 p.m. April 29, s aid Sgt. Eric Castano of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Compton Station. Following the shooting, the gunman fled into an area where several apartment buildings stand, prompting deputies to establish a large search perimeter and evacuate 150 residents for their safety, he said.
“Everyone was cooperative,” Castano said, adding that sheriff’s buses took residents to Compton High School and Longfellow Elementary in Compton, Castano said.
Some of residents were picked up by friends or relatives from the shelters overnight, he said, adding that residents were allowed to return to their homes early the next morning. During the search, “11 people—both males and females—were found within the containment area, Castano said. “They are being detained and are believed to have been involved in the incident.” Investigators were questioning the individuals at the sheriff’s Compton Station but no one had been arrested as of early this morning, Castano said.
He said a high-caliber assault rifle, an AK-47-type weapon believed to have been used during the shootout, was discovered during the perimeter search. Castano said the gunman fired several rounds at deputies patrolling an area “where there has been a lot of activity” recently. The deputies returned fire and the gunman fled, he said.