Latest: Mayor: Deputy hit with bullet from nearby building

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

Authorities believe the gunshot that wounded a deputy outside a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station was fired from a nearby building complex that provides mental-health services and low-income housing.

Deputies on Wednesday evening are searching for the shooter inside the block-long, four-story structure that overlooks the sheriff’s facility in downtown Lancaster, north of Los Angeles.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris says the deputy was wearing a ballistic vest when he was struck while standing in a parking lot. Parris says the vest deflected the bullet into the shoulder of the deputy, who’s expected to recover.

Parris says it appears the shooting was a random act and not one directed at the specific deputy.

The mayor says the area is locked down, and there’s no threat to the general public.

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4:20 p.m.

The mayor of Lancaster, California, says a deputy shot and wounded outside a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station is going to be OK.

Authorities are searching for the shooter in buildings surrounding the station where the deputy was hit in the shoulder while standing in the parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

Deputy Lillian Peck says the deputy was hospitalized in unknown condition after the shooting around 2:45 p.m. Mayor R. Rex Parris tells KABC-TV he has visited the wounded deputy in the hospital. Parris says the deputy is expected to recover and return to duty.

There’s a huge police presence as investigators try to determine where the gunfire came from.

The public has been told to avoid the downtown neighborhood.

Metrolink train service has been halted in the area.

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4:10 p.m.

Authorities say a deputy was shot and wounded when someone opened fire outside a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station.

Deputy Lillian Peck says authorities set up a perimeter Wednesday near the Lancaster station to search for the shooter.

Peck says the wounded deputy was standing with colleagues in a parking lot when gunfire erupted.

She says the deputy was hospitalized in unknown condition after being hit in a shoulder.

Deputies are clearing nearby buildings to determine where the shots came from. Peck says the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

The sheriff’s station is surrounded by shops and restaurants in a downtown area of the desert city with160,000 residents about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of downtown Los Angeles.

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