Police say the man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer had been rejected after applying to become a policeman.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith says 29-year-old Daniel Yealu applied to LAPD's personnel department but never made it to the Police Academy.

Police say Yealu was critically wounded by a desk officer who also was wounded.


A massive investigation is under way in Los Angeles after a gunman opened fire inside a police station.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith says it's too early to tell who the gunman is, or why he shot up the station.

"Nobody that I have spoke with has recognized this guy as anybody that we have encountered before. But again, it is very early and only a few people got a look at him before he was transported to the hospital," Smith said. 

Authorities say the suspect walked into Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division in Mid-City Monday night and told the officer at the desk he wanted to make a complaint.  

That's when police say he pulled out a gun and started firing, hitting the officer seven times.  

The bulletproof vest the officer had on is credited with saving his life.  

Two officers nearby returned fire, hitting the gunman multiple times. 

Officials say the officer is in good condition, the suspect is in critical condition and the motive for the shooting is still unclear.