Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today condemned the actions of a former police officer who is suspected of killing three as part of a plan to avenge his dismissal from the Los Angeles Police Department, calling the suspected shooter a "sick individual."
"There's no beef that someone can have to kill three innocent people in the way that he has," Villaraigosa said. "Whatever problem he has is mental and godspeed to our police officers that we find this individual as quickly as possible."
A widespread manhunt has been launched to capture Christopher Dorner, the alleged shooter. The ex cop published an online manifesto outlining his plan to go on a shooting rampage, listing specific LAPD members as some of his targets.
The Los Angeles Democrat, who was in Sacramento to attend a press conference on new gun-control proposals, called the situation a "very graphic and to-the-point illustration of what mayors have to do every day" in dealing with violent crime caused by firearms.
"This isn't about ephemeral, esoteric public policy issues," he said. "These issues go to the heart of civil society."
Massive manhunt on for ex-cop accused of killing 3
PHOTO CREDIT: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in red tie, discusses his support for a package of proposed gun control legislation at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli)