An Iraq war veteran accused of fatally shooting a 73- year-old tenant and wounding the man’s wife at a Reseda apartment building that the defendant co-managed is being sued by the widow and the couple’s daughter.
The lawsuit filed against Ricardo Javier Tapia also names Maria Valdez, the apartment complex co-manager, and the Vedres Family Investment Partnership and T&R Properties, which owned the building where Giam Kim Hoang was fatally shot on Dec. 20, 2013.
Tapia, who’s facing murder and attempted murder charges, remains jailed on $4 million bail. A pretrial hearing in the criminal case is scheduled Friday in Van Nuys Superior Court.
Defense attorney William Paparian, who’s representing Tapia in the criminal case, did not immediately return a call for comment on the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Tapia, 34, is a former Marine diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The suit states he had been knocking on various residents’ doors in the complex when he forced his way into the couple’s Canby Avenue apartment, fatally shot Hoang and critically wounded his wife, Ngoc Nguyen, then 61 years old.
Nguyen and her daughter, Ann Hoang, are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which alleges wrongful death, personal injuries and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Tapia lived directly beneath Hoang and his wife in the small, gated complex.
— City News Service