A firefighter killed a colleague on Tuesday and seriously injured a captain at Station 81, in Agua Dulce, north of Los Angeles, California. The man, who was on a day off, fled after opening fire on his companions for a reason that is still being investigated by the authorities. Some firefighters have explained to the local press that the attacker and the deceased had problems and that this morning, minutes before eleven o’clock, the discussion escalated to a tragedy. The officer was wounded by several shots when he tried to calm the discussion between the attacker and the victim, a 44-year-old engineer who had been working as a firefighter for 20 years. The event once again shakes the most populous state in the United States, which registered the killing of nine people in a public transportation facility in San José less than a week ago.
Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, said Tuesday that they are investigating the death of the Agua Dulce attacker. Police believe the burning of a house 10 miles from the station is related to the crime. The suspect fled there in a van to his home in Acton to set it on fire. In the backyard, the uniformed men found the body of a man with gunshot wounds. They think it could be the aggressor. “We are not 100% certain who is the suspect because we could not get close because the house was still on fire,” said Brandon Dean, of the homicide area of the Los Angeles mayor’s office. Firefighters did not put out the fire for fear that propane gases and weapons were inside the property. The fire caused a gigantic column of black smoke. They later threw water when the fire had consumed the property.
The wounded captain is torn between life and death. The 54-year-old man was airlifted to Henry Mayo Hospital in Santa Clara, where he was treated. “We took him directly to the operating room to stabilize him. It is in critical condition. We treated all the injuries that threatened his life and he is in the process of recovery ”, said a doctor from the institution.
“This has been one of the worst news I’ve ever received,” Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby said this afternoon. “We have always dealt with many deaths and many fallen officers. I have always prayed to avoid deaths in the line of duty. But I never imagined that if it happened like that, ”he added at a press conference.
California is still trying to overcome the tragedy of Wednesday, May 26, when an employee of the San José light rail network entered the facility and killed nine of his colleagues and later took his own life. The state’s governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom, was visibly upset and frustrated that afternoon after visiting the families of the victims over the nonsense of gun violence. “What the hell is wrong with the United States? When the hell are we going to lay down our weapons? What the hell is wrong with us? ”He exclaimed.
The state has some of the strictest laws on the regulation and possession of weapons. Despite this, the country’s most populous entity cannot shake off the threat of armed violence. In the last 20 years, it is the region that has had the most shooters in public killings, according to data recently released by the Federal Investigations Agency (the FBI for its acronym in English). California recorded 42 incidents of attackers in public areas between 2000 and 2019, 50% more than the second site, which belongs to Florida (27). In 20 years, the country has had 333 shootings, of which 135 were classified as massacre for having three or more deaths. These events have left 2,851 people dead.
Tuesday’s attack does not correspond to that of a shootout against the civilian population, but it fits the profile of a constant trickle of fatalities who see conflicts and daily discussions settled with weapons. The large number of weapons in the hands of Americans also leaves a large number of deaths at the hands of domestic violence.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.