‘Disgruntled’ firefighter shoots dead co-worker at Santa Clarita fire station before driving home, barricading himself inside, setting property alight and killing himself
- The gunman – described as a disgruntled employee – opened fire at Fire Station 81 on Tuesday at around 11am
- He shot one firefighter dead and injured another before fleeing the scene
- He then drove eight miles to his home and set the property on fire
- The gunman then shot himself at the property; his body was seen in a water feature
- No identities have been released yet but he LA County Fire Dept confirmed the shooting
A disgruntled firefighter shot dead a co-worker at a Santa Clarita fire station on Tuesday before driving home, barricading himself inside, setting the property alight and then killing himself.
The shooter has not been named but he is a veteran firefighter who was described as a ‘disgruntled employee’.
He opened fire at Fire Station 81 in Santa Clarita on Tuesday at 10.55am, killing one firefighter and wounding another, before fleeing.
He drove ten miles to his home where he barricaded himself inside then set the property on fire.
The gunman then shot himself and his body was found floating in a water feature on the burning property.
It’s unclear when he left the fire department or why. Neither the victim nor the injured firefighter has been named.
The gunman drove to this home – believed to be his – in Acton then set it on fire. It’s unclear if he is still inside or if it’s a decoy
Police at the scene of Fire Station 81 on Tuesday after a gunman opened fire, killing one firefighter and injuring another, before fleeing
The shooter opened fire at 10.55am on Tuesday at the fire station, then he drove 10 miles to his home. He set it on fire then shot himself
The home is registered to a 45-year-old California man, but it’s unclear if that man lives in the property or rents it out.
The Los Angeles Times says the owner is a veteran firefighter, but police are yet to confirm that. Records indicate it was sold in July.
There is no indication that anyone else was inside the property when it was set on fire.
In a tweet on Tuesday shortly after noon, the fire department said: ‘It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce.
‘The Dept. is still in the process of gathering additional information & are cooperating with law enforcement throughout this ongoing incident.
‘We will provide updated information when available.’
Medics rush a firefighter who was shot multiple times but survived onto an air ambulance