Woman dead, suspect in custody after firefighters hear gunshots while battling Harbor Gateway house fire

Authorities respond to the scene of a fire and a shooting in Harbor Gateway on April 24.

A man who opened fire Tuesday as firefighters knocked down a blaze at a Harbor Gateway home is in custody, police said.

The suspect, who appeared to be suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A woman was fatally shot at the scene, and police said the shooter may be the woman’s son.

Shots rang out after firefighters put out the flames inside a two-story home, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.


Firefighters arrived at the 15400 block of South Orchard Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Four adults and one child were displaced by the fire, the Fire Department said, and the American Red Cross responded to the scene to help them.

(Los Angeles Times )

Four LAPD divisions as well as Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area, authorities said.

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8:55 a.m.: This article was updated with a woman being fatally shot at the scene.

7:20 a.m.: This article was updated with the suspect being taken into custody.

6:45 a.m.: This article was updated with the Fire Department response time and details on those displaced by the fire.

This article was originally published at 6:30 a.m.