An off-duty Los Angeles County firefighter fatally shot a fellow firefighter and wounded another at their fire station Tuesday before barricading himself at his home nearby, where a fire erupted and he was later found dead.
A 44-year-old fire specialist died and a 54-year-old firefighter was shot when the gunman opened fire shortly before 11 a.m. at Fire Station 81, which is about 45 miles north of Los Angeles. The wounded man was in critical but stable condition at a hospital. The shooter was an off duty firefighter specialist and engineer who was not scheduled to work today. He came back and confronted the on-duty personnel.
The shooter then barricaded himself at his house less than 10 miles away from the station in Agua Dulce, a rural community of about 3,000 people in the desert of northern Los Angeles County known for its rock formations and panoramic views. The home was set on fire, gutting it in about three hours, and he was found dead.
The gunman appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The firefighter who was murdered was a more than 20-year veteran, who was promoted to firefighter specialist. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.