Los Angeles, California police Wednesday said they will “closely monitor” the surroundings of the Chinese Consulate General there to ensure the safety of the consulate office building and diplomatic staff.
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) made the remarks after Tuesday’s shooting incident outside the Consulate General.
A security guard of the consulate said the shooting incident occurred at about 6:00a local time Tuesday. A gunman, in his 60’s, shot at least 17 bullets at the building before killing himself in his car.
No one was injured in the shooting incident.
There are 6 bullet holes in the consulate building, with 1 on the metal address plate of the building, 2 on the facade near surveillance cameras and 3 in the windows.
It was not immediately clear if the gunman had any political motive, police said.
“Why he did it and what he did still are on going investigation, so we would not know,” Tony Im, LAPD public information officer, said in a telephone interview.
“Police department put a security hold on the case, so no information on his identity is being released at this time,” Ed Winter, assistant Chief of operations for the coroner’s office.
“They do not want any information out, so we can’t discuss it,” Chief Winter added.
On Tuesday, the Consulate General expressed serious concerns about the incident and urged US authorities to take necessary measures to protect the safety of the consulate office building and Chinese diplomatic staff.