Long Beach fire allegedly set by the nursing home resident to target the first responders in the deadly shooting

Long Beach Fire department Captain Dave Rosa, who was killed Monday when a nursing home resident opened fire on the fire brigade, was a 17-year veteran of the force.

(Long Beach Fire)

Researchers in California believe that a man who has a lethal shot from a rifle fire captain set his house ablaze to lure first responders on the scene.

Thomas Kim, 77, was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson on Monday, Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said. Online sheriff’s department records indicate Kim’s bail is set at $2 million.


Around 4 pm, Kim allegedly set a fire in his second floor of the house in Long Beach, waited for emergency officials to arrive and then opened fire.

Fire Capt. Dave Rosa, a 17-year veteran of the department, was killed. Another firefighter and a resident of the 11-story home were both injured in the shooting.

Long Beach firefighters salute for Fire Capt. Dave Rosa as they wait for his body to be transported to Saint Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California, on Monday 25 June 2018.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The fire brigade came to the 11-story building to find windows blown out and the smell of gas. They searched the building when shots went off and the two responders were taken.

Rosa leaves a wife and two children, in the age of 16 and 25, fire chief Michael DuRee said Monday.

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The second injured firefighter, as Ernesto Torres, is discharged from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The elderly retirement home resident who was shot remains in critical but stable condition.

Eighty senior citizens continue to be evacuated from their home and were held in a local community center, where they were offered health and counseling services, Mayor Robert Garcia said.

Firefighters salute as a van carrying the body of Long Beach Fire Capt. Dave Rosa during a procession Monday, June 25, 2018, in Long Beach, California.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The police chief said a revolver was recovered after Kim was taken into custody. Investigators also found two “suspicious devices” if they arrested him and called in the bomb squad “render them safe.”

The residential tower in the neighborhood of downtown Long Beach, has over 100 apartments for low-income people age 62 and older and disabled adults older than 18 years, according to its website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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