Alleged Reseda Gunman ID'd As Iraq War Vet

The man is accused of shouting "Hitler, President Obama and terrorists" and firing multiple rounds, killing one person and hurting another

By Christina Cocca
|  Sunday, Dec 22, 2013  |  Updated 7:23 AM PDT
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Ambulances and officers responded to a shooting in a Reseda apartment complex on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

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Shooting in Reseda Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Wounded

A man covered in blood and shouting "Hitler, President Obama and terrorists" shot and killed a man and critically wounded a woman on Friday before police took him into custody after a shootout in which the gunman was also wounded. Beverly White reports from Reseda for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
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The man believed to be responsible for a deadly shooting in Reseda has been identified by police as an Iraq war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release Saturday.

Ricardo Javier Tapia, 32, of Reseda, is accused of fatally shooting a man and critically wounding a woman in a Reseda apartment complex Friday night, police said.

1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Reseda Shooting

The woman remained in the hospital in critical condition Saturday afternoon, police said.

The drama began at 6:40 p.m. in the 7200 block of Canby Avenue in Reseda, police said. Neighbors called police reporting they heard as many as 20 shots fired and a screaming man with a gun, police said.

Tapia was allegedly covered in blood and shouting "Hitler, President Obama and terrorists,” before going outside shirtless and charging at officers, said LAPD Lt. Robert Davis.

"We had a man with no shirt, who came out covered in blood head to toe who charged us like a football player,” said Lt. Robert Davis, of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division. “Officers showed a lot of restraint."

LAPD Capt. John Egan said it took several officers and a stun gun to restrain Tapia after a gun battle with officers.

Tapia is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The shooting remains under investigation.

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