LYNWOOD (CBSLA) – Attorney Eric Early and Navy veteran Joe Collins, two Republicans candidates running for Congressional seats in Los Angeles this November, held a vigil Thursday morning for the two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who were shot and wounded in an ambush over the weekend in Compton.
The prayer vigil with singer Joy Villa was held outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. This is on the heels of a vigil which was also held Wednesday night.READ MORE: Trio Of 55-Gallon Drums Found Leaking Motor Oil In Redlands Citrus Grove
Early is challenging longtime incumbent Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for his 28th District seat, while Collins is challenging incumbent Maxine Waters (D-North Hollywood) for her 43rd District seat.
On Saturday evening, the two deputies were sitting in their patrol vehicle parked outside the Metro Compton Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Elm Street when a lone suspect approached the front passenger side of the car and opened fire.
The deputies, a 31-year-old mother and her 24-year-old partner, were rushed to St. Francis Medical Center in critical condition, where they both underwent surgery. Both are expected to survive.
On Wednesday, the male deputy was released from the hospital and transferred to a long-term care facility.
“He has a long road ahead for recovery,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted. “But he’s not alone. We, as a community, are in this together.”READ MORE: LA Facing $550M Revenue Shortfall On Sharp Declines In Transient, Parking Occupancy Taxes
The latest condition of the female deputy has not been released. She remains in the ICU. Both will need additional surgeries, Villanueva said.
The gunman in the unprovoked attack remains at large. Thanks to private donations, the reward for information leading to an arrest is now at over $300,000.
L.A. Dodger Mookie Betts also expressed his anger about the shooting Wednesday.
“I’m angered and disappointed by the ambush of the two LA deputies in Compton,” he tweeted. “My prayers are with both deputies.”MORE NEWS: Irv Cross, Former Rams Player And Broadcast Pioneer, Dies At 81
The FBI and U.S. Marshals Office have joined the investigation.