California fire captain’s death, another firefighter injured in shooting at apartment complex

Long Beach Fire department Captain Dave Rosa was a 17-year-old veteran.

(Long Beach Fire)

A Southern California firefighter was killed and a second injured after an early Monday shooting at a California senior living apartment complex, officials said.

Firefighters are responding to a report of an explosion at the Covenant Manor in Long Beach, were met with gunfire, firefighter Jake Heflin said.

Officials identified the victim as Long Beach Fire Capt. Dave Rosa, a 17-year veteran of the fire department. The second injured firefighter was not immediately identified, but is in stable condition.



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Raw video shows an aerial view of the police response in Long Beach, California.

“This is a difficult day,” Long Beach fire chief Mike DuRee said at a press conference.

A third person was injured in the shooting, but their condition is unclear.

The suspected shooter was in custody, police said. The identity of the person is not released immediately.

“It is a very stressful situation,” Heflin said. “This is a very heavy day for us.”

Long Beach police said they were investigating whether an explosion was used for the first reactions of the building.

“There was a lot of commotion,” witness Dan Rafferty told CBS Los Angeles. Rafferty caught the SWAT officers evacuate residents from the building.

Covenant Manor is an apartment complex for people with low-income seniors.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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