Gunman Accused of Killing Long Beach Firefighter Held on $2 Million Bail
The Long Beach Fire Department suffered a devastating loss this week when a 77-year-old man opened fire on first responders. Firefighters had been called to Covenant Manor, an 11-story retirement home, early Monday morning. According to investigators, Thomas Kim, a resident of the building, was responsible for the shooting. At around 4-am firefighters responded to calls of an explosion at the Long Beach building. Two of the first responders were hit by gunfire. Captain Dave Rosa, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. He was a 17-year veteran, leaving behind a wife and two children. The other firefighter was treated and released for his injuries. A resident of the building was also injured by gunfire.
The entire community was absolutely devastated by the loss. The story made national headlines. It is still unclear exactly why the suspect would have targeted firefighters. Kim remains jailed while he awaits his court hearing. Prosecutors believe that the incident started as a dispute with his neighbor. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Kim was charged with murder, attempted murder and arson. His court case has been postponed because of medical reasons.