Crime & Justice

Man suspected of shooting rampage in San Fernando Valley was Iraq War veteran

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Los Angeles police say a gunman suspected of killing a man and critically wounding a woman in the San Fernando Valley is an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Officer Norma Eisenman said Saturday that 32-year-old Ricardo Javier Tapia has shown irrational behavior following multiple deployments to the Middle East.

He was arrested Friday night after firing in several directions from an apartment complex on the 7200 block of Canby Avenue in Reseda. He struck two elderly people, killing one and critically wounding the other. 

KABC-TV reports that when officers arrived, Tapia was covered in blood and charged at them with his hands up. He was tackled and subdued with a stun gun. Officers recovered a handgun from the apartment, the station reports. 

A witness, Erik Correa, told the station he heard the suspect ranting about Hitler, President Obama and terrorists.

Tapia was being held on $1 million bail.

Map of 7200 Canby Ave, Reseda, Ca