A gunman opened fire at a Los Angeles County fire station in Agua Dulce Tuesday, striking at least two people — one possibly fatally — before fleeing and apparently setting fire to a home in nearby Acton.
A short time later, crews on scene reported seeing a person in the backyard of the burning home with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was not immediately clear if the person, who appeared to be slumped over inside an empty swimming pool, was the suspect.
According to county fire, “a tragic shooting” occurred at 10:55 a.m. at fire Station 81 in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway. Fire officials did not immediately provide details, although unconfirmed reports from the scene indicated one person was killed in the shooting. A second victim was flown to Henry Mayo hospital in Newhall with multiple gunshot wounds. There was no immediate word on that person’s condition.
Authorities initially were in search of a suspect in a white Toyota pickup. That search led to a home in the 2600 block of Bent Spur Drive in Acton, where a short time later a structure fire erupted.
Fire department crews were held back from attacking the fire from the ground, with the suspect inside allegedly threatening to shoot anyone who approached the building.
Sheriff’s deputies hovering in a helicopter above the scene later reported spotting the body in the backyard of the home, suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Los Angeles Times, citing property records, reported that the home is owned by a veteran Los Angeles County firefighter.
As the flames spread through the sprawling Acton home, county fire crews made a series of water-drops from the air to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby brush or other structures. The fire continued to burn early Tuesday afternoon, with the bulk of the structure burned to the ground.