As the Woolsey Fire continues to force evacuations throughout the region, stories have surfaced of gun-wielding residents warding off looters. On Tuesday, KTLA aired an interview with a Malibu man who shared a photo of himself holding a gun and posing next to a sign at Malibu Gardens Condominiums. And in a now-viral photo shared on Instagram by former motocross celeb Carey Hart, a dozen men—most with masks or handkerchiefs covering their faces—hold guns and pose behind a spray-painted sign that says “LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT ON SITE [sic] P.D.C. POSSE.”
Hart, husband of pop star Pink, included the caption, “It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of others in a crisis. While the malibu fires have been burning, some locals have been fighting off and defending their property against the fires. There have been sightings of looters breaking in to homes. Well, if you are a looter, think twice if you are heading back into malibu. #DefendYourLand #2ndamendment”
Despite Hart’s claim that “there have been sightings of looters breaking in to [sic] homes,” the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says that, as of today, there have been no reports of looting in evacuated areas in Los Angeles County (although there have been reports elsewhere in the state).
LACSD has allotted significant resources to performing looter suppression security checks, saturating evacuated areas with several hundred patrolling deputies on the lookout for suspicious people or activity.
Asked about people forming posses and potentially shooting suspected looters, the LACSD sent the following statement: “Recently, we had reports of a small group of individuals taking independent actions in the Malibu area who have responded to the area believing they can assist in protecting the community. For those individuals and anyone else concerned, our Department and our partners from supporting law enforcement agencies have adequate personnel on the scene to ensure the protection of life and property for our communities. We would appreciate your cooperation in remaining out of impacted areas while we work towards returning our residents to these neighborhoods.”
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