A Los Angeles homeowner who exchanged gunfire with a pair of would-be robbers in a terrifying incident that was captured on home surveillance video earlier this month has had his concealed carry license suspended, officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to KTLA.
The Nov. 6 incident happened outside Vince Ricci’s home in a Central L.A. neighborhood. His wife and 5-month-old child were reportedly inside the residence when the shootout occurred.
Ricci had just pulled into his gated driveway and was walking to the front door when masked robbers jumped over a wall.
Video shows one robber charging at Ricci with a gun as he goes to open his front door.
The homeowner immediately drops his keys and a beverage, pulls out a concealed handgun and opens fire on the intruders, who run away while returning fire.
Neighbors called 911 and officers arrived a short time later but could not find the robbers, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told KTLA. No injuries were reported.
“L.A. criminals came to my home, pointing guns at my chest,” Ricci says in a nearly two-minute video posted to X, formerly Twitter, by the National Rifle Association. “After successfully defending my home and family and my 5-month-old child, California has now decided to end my Second Amendment [rights].”
In a statement to KTLA, the sheriff’s department said the California Department of Justice “establishes guidelines” for concealed carry weapons permits (CCW) and that “the Sheriff’s Department must follow the DOJ parameters in accordance with the law.”
LASD did not provide a specific reason for why Ricci’s concealed carry permit was suspended.
However, in California the city or county that issued the license must revoke it if they are notified by the state DOJ or determine that “a license holder is legally prohibited from possessing firearms or that the licensee has become a disqualified person,” according to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
In its statement to KTLA, the sheriff’s department did say that Ricci’s CCW may immediately be reinstated as long as he has followed all the required policies, such as “proper notifications” and “use of [a] properly documented weapon.”
“The DOJ has been notified and there are avenues for Mr. Ricci to re-apply for his permit,” LASD’s statement said. “We have been in contact with the Ricci family and have been providing information to them about CCW protocols and guidelines in an effort to ensure their Second Amendment rights are protected.”
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement on X regarding Ricci’s concealed carry permit that read:
“The Department is continuing the robbery investigation involving Vince Ricci. The Los Angeles Police Department has not issued nor revoked a permit to carry a concealed weapon involving Mr. Ricci.”
The armed suspects, according to LAPD, fled Ricci’s home in a dark-colored sedan.
One of the suspects was described as a Black male, approximately 5 foot 10 inches tall, who was wearing a black ski mask, black shirt, black pants and was armed with an unknown type of handgun.
A second suspect was described as a Black male, approximately 5 foot 9 inches, wearing a mask and a gray hooded sweatshirt with a blue stripe from the shoulder to the arm.
No description was available for the driver of the vehicle.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Olympic Division Detectives at 213-382-9316. Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave tips with L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at L.A. Crime Stoppers.
Orange County child sex assault suspect remains at large
Police are searching for a sexual predator who allegedly assaulted a child in Santa Ana.
The suspect was identified as Nicolas Gonzalez, 39, by the Santa Ana Police Department.
Gonzalez is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child on the 500 block of North Mortimer Street.
When the victim’s family members spotted him, they confronted Gonzalez and scared him away. The suspect fled the scene before police could arrive.
There is an active warrant out for his arrest involving several child sex assault charges, authorities said.
Gonzalez is described as a Hispanic man standing 5 ft 3 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He remains at large.
Anyone who may have seen Gonzalez or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Santa Ana Police Detective Avila at 714-245-8379 or email AAvila@santa-ana.org.
L.A. chapter of ASPCA responds to discovery of dead longhorn at fraternity house in Oklahoma
The Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spcaLA) is outraged over the “horrific” discovery of a dead longhorn in front of a fraternity house near the campus of Oklahoma State University.
According to KTLA sister station KFOR, the carcass was found in front of the FarmHouse Fraternity in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The words “F**k FH” were scrawled on the cow’s side.
A local police officer told KFOR that the longhorn appeared to have been dead for less than 24 hours upon its discovery, and it was unlikely that it was killed on off-campus fraternity house’s front lawn.
Tire tracks on the lawn indicate that a truck or truck and trailer dumped the steer there, KFOR reported.
SpcaLA officials released a statement condemning the “horrific and unsettling” discovery and called for a thorough investigation by local authorities, the Oklahoma State University’s Office of Student Support and Conduct and the National Interfraternity Council.
The dead longhorn does carry some significance, as OSU is set to take on the University of Texas (whose mascot is a longhorn steer) in Dallas on Saturday in the Big 12 championship, and some are speculating that the slaughtering of the steer is directly connected to the matchup.
“Regardless, if this is because of a football game, “Texas Hate Week,” or something more nefarious, this is a criminal act,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. “This behavior cannot be brushed aside.”
KFOR obtained a statement from Oklahoma State University:
“Oklahoma State University is appalled at the disturbing display of animal cruelty that occurred overnight at an off-campus location near a fraternity house. The Stillwater Police Department is investigating the incident, and the university’s Office of Student Support and Conduct also has initiated an investigation.
Oklahoma State expects all students to adhere to university codes of conduct, and appropriate action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.”
Statement from Oklahoma State University
Where the animal came from and who put it there remains under investigation.
The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State by a score of 49-21 on Saturday.
Homeowner reportedly shoots, kills suspect during home invasion
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating after a homeowner reportedly shot and killed a home invasion suspect.
LAPD officers were first called to a home in the 11400 block Swinton Avenue in Granada Hills around 5 a.m. Saturday morning on calls of a home invasion involving multiple armed suspects, preliminary information indicates.
During the course of the home invasion, the homeowner allegedly opened fire at the suspects, fatally striking one of them.
Video shows the male homeowner being detained by police during the initial investigation.
The deceased suspect has only been identified as a man, police told KTLA 5’s Carlos Herrera.
It is unknown whether the homeowner and the suspects were known to each other.
This is a developing story. Stay with KTLA for updates.
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