Daniel Yealu had told his father he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to a police academy, and hoped to buy a condominium, but on Monday night, the 29-year-old allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire at two officers, reports the Los Angeles Times. One was wounded before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. Police Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines. A “heavily modified” AK-47 was found in his car parked outside the station, and more high-powered weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were later found at his home.
“By the grace of God, the suspect did not come in with the assault weapons that he has had access to,” Beck said. Investigators are still trying to determine what prompted the attack, saying only that Yealu told the officers he had a complaint before he began shooting. Yealu had applied to become an LAPD officer but was rejected. The city personnel department said he sought the job in 2009 and had passed a written test. Officials believe the violence Monday night could have been a lot worse had the gunman not been subdued quickly — about 20 people were attending a community meeting just feet from where the shots were fired. “The belief was he was going to go a lot further than just the two people at the front desk,” Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said.