Los Angeles police are holding two men who allegedly robbed and fired a shot at U.S. Rep. Glenn M. Anderson (D-Harbor City) as he left a bank in Wilmington on Monday, authorities said.
One suspect, armed with a handgun, confronted Anderson, 72, outside the First Interstate Bank at 1234 N. Avalon Blvd. just before noon, said Harbor Division Capt. Robert McVea.
The man demanded money and Anderson, who served as California Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown's lieutenant governor in the 1960s, handed him a briefcase containing "a small amount of money," McVea said. The suspect then fired a shot from a few feet away. The bullet passed through a leg of Anderson's trousers without injuring the congressman.
The gunman jumped into a nearby van driven by an accomplice. Police, who had been flagged down by a bystander, chased the van through the Wilmington area and north on the Harbor Freeway.