Two equipped men successful masks charged astatine Vince Ricci conscionable arsenic he was stepping to his beforehand door, 1 pointing a handgun astatine his chest. Video shows Ricci dropping his keys and a to-go portion and, successful seconds, pulling a handgun from his waist and shooting arsenic nan men ran away.
In interviews and videos, he said he wasn’t conscionable trying to protect himself but besides his woman and 5-month-old daughter, who were wrong nan house. Now nan 37-year-old says his concealed limb licence has been suspended, making him susceptible and incapable to protect his family.
In short order, Ricci became a poster kid for 2nd Amendment advocates and blimpish figures. On Friday, he appeared connected Fox News‘ “The Ingraham Angle.” On Saturday, he was featured successful a video for nan National Rifle Assn. successful which he criticizes California Democratic elected figures including Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón and “leftist weapon grabbers.”
Gascón and California person been communal targets of disapproval for blimpish pundits, pinch claims of accrued crime and violence, moreover though statistic show violent crime has declined citywide compared pinch past year.
One Texas lawmaker suggested, on societal media, that Ricci find a existent property supplier and move to Texas.
“They would alternatively time off maine retired location to barren and fto my family go a statistic,” Ricci said successful nan NRA video, which has been viewed much than 60,000 times.
What’s unclear is why Ricci’s concealed transportation limb permit, besides known arsenic a CCW, was suspended successful nan first place.
According to nan LAPD — which stressed connected societal media that nan section had neither issued nor revoked Ricci’s licence — nan attempted robbery occurred astatine astir 7:30 p.m. successful nan 400 artifact of Plymouth Boulevard.
That’s erstwhile 1 of 2 individuals successful acheronian clothing and masks ran toward him arsenic he stood astatine his beforehand doorway and pointed a gun. Ricci quickly equipped himself and, according to location information video, changeable astatine nan fleeing fishy astatine slightest six times.
Ricci was not injured, and constabulary said it was unclear whether nan assailants were injured from nan gunfire. The 2 group who jumped complete a wall into Ricci’s home, and a 3rd man believed to beryllium a driver, are still astatine large, according to an LAPD news release of nan incident.
In an emailed statement, nan Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Ricci’s permit, which nan section issued, had been suspended but added that nan section had been successful interaction pinch him and his family astir licence protocols.
“There are avenues for Mr. Ricci to re-apply for his permit,” nan connection reads. “The CCW licence whitethorn beryllium instantly reinstated arsenic agelong arsenic nan licence holder has besides followed each required CCW policies (i.e. due notifications, usage of decently documented weapon, etc.).”
The connection does not springiness a circumstantial logic why nan licence was suspended, aliases when, only that “the Sheriff’s Department must travel nan DOJ parameters successful accordance pinch nan law.”
“We admit that this incident was highly traumatic and startling for nan Ricci family, and we dream nan individuals responsible for this crime are arrested and held accountable,” nan connection from nan Sheriff’s Department reads.
Ricci did not instantly respond to requests for comment.
In his video for nan NRA, Ricci besides does not specify a reason, only that, “as a consequence of that night, nan California authorities has temporarily suspended my expertise to conceal carry.”
On Friday, Ricci was interviewed by Fox News blimpish commentator Laura Ingraham but did not reply why nan licence was suspended.
Instead, Colin Noir, a weapon authorities activistic and a salient and celebrated commentator for nan NRA, stepped successful instead.
“What’s nan reason?” Ingraham asked.
“I mean, I deliberation it’s beautiful blatant what nan logic is,” Noir said. “California has had a notorious estimation for being anti-gun and being anti- anybody carrying a firearm unless you’re portion of nan authorities somehow.”
Also connected Fox News, Ricci was quoted arsenic saying he was told nan licence was revoked because of him “yelling” astatine LAPD officers who were investigating nan robbery and shooting 3 days aft it happened.
Neither nan Sheriff’s Department nor an LAPD spokesperson responded to The Times’ questions regarding Ricci’s allegation that nan licence was revoked because he yelled aliases different criticized nan investigation.
In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into rule a measure that added caller limitations astir carrying firearms successful public. For example, according to nan bill, group legally carrying a firearm must transportation nan permit, not impede an serviceman successful their duty, and must show nan licence and nan listed firearm to constabulary “for nan intent of inspecting nan firearm.”
On Fox News, Ricci said he has 1 handgun, a Glock, registered arsenic his concealed transportation weapon, but he ne'er thought he’d person to usage it.
“I acquired it nan correct way, they granted maine nan correct to carry, now they’re stripping maine pinch nan men astatine ample that were looking for me,” he said. “The sheriff’s effort now astatine coming aft maine is petty.”