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.
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.