— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) April 8, 2014
The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that 29-year-old Daniel C. Yealu is the suspect in the the shooting that occurred inside the LAPD’s Wilshire Station and West Traffic Division Monday night. According to authorities, Yealu entered the building and told an officer he “had a complaint” before open firing.
1. He Opened Fire in a Community Meeting
Police say on Monday evening at around 8 p.m. local time, Daniel Yealu walked into the LAPD’s West Bureau community room where a community meeting was underway. Police say Yealu fired seven shots with a semi-automatic weapon at an officer.
Although the officer has not yet been named, the LAPD reported that he is a seven-year veteran of the department. According to the LA Times, the officer’s bullet proof vest caught three bullets and his extremities caught the other four. He is wounded but in stable condition.
Above, you can see a news report that aired shortly after the shooting.
2. Yealu Was Shot & Is in Critical Condition
— Anna (@AnnaStrongwolf) April 8, 2014
According to KTLA, several officers, including the injured one, returned fire and hit Yealu. Yealu has since had surgery and is in critical condition.
Despite his condition, Yealu has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held on $2 million bail.
3. He Had Another Gun & Ammunition in His Car
Officials say suspect in #LAPD station shooting had second gun and ammunition stored in his car
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) April 8, 2014
Even more weapons, those pictured below, were recovered from the suspect’s home:
— LAPD Rampart (@LAPDRampart) April 8, 2014
4. The Motive Remains Unknown
Manager at apts where alleged Wilshire Division shooter Daniel Yealu lived tells me he was extremely confrontational. pic.twitter.com/pqALAFUx0a
— Jacob Rascon (@JacobNBCLA) April 8, 2014
Police investigators are still trying to figure out what convinced alleged shooter and Los Angeles resident Daniel Yealu from open firing inside the police station.
5. Two Officers Were Ambushed Outside the Same Station in 2013
At around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday June 26, 2013, two burglary detectives were returning to the same LAPD station as this week’s shooting, when a man, believed to be African American and in his mid-30s, opened fire on their unmarked car. The suspect then fled on foot while the police opened fire. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at the time that that ambush was, “a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people that try to protect this community.