Firefighter Killed After Responding to Explosion at Long Beach Senior Home

posted by Arianna Marie -

One firefighter was killed after a shooter opened fire Monday morning at a Long Beach senior home. The firefighters were responding to an explosion and fire reported inside the high-rise building in the 600 block of East 4th Street. 

Capt. David Rosa, 45, was killed, he served 17 years with Long Beach Fire Station No. 10.

"It hits home. We just show up to do our job," said Long Beach Police Sgt. Brad Johnson. "Firefighters, they deal with fire. They don't deal with bullets. It's a sad day in Long Beach's history."

A resident struck by gunfire was hospitalized in critical condition and a second firefighter who suffered non-life-threatening injuries was released from a hospital late Monday morning.

Police said the suspected shooter who opened fire inside the 11-story building is in custody. 

According to NBC4, firefighters knocked down the fire at about 4 a.m. and reported a strong smell of gasoline coming from a unit in the high-rise building. About eight minutes later, police received a report of shots fired from the residence. 

The shooter is reportedly a resident of the building. 

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