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Motive Sought In Killing Of Security Guard Instructor

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Security guard instructor Robert Herrera was shot and killed by one of his students at Coast Career Institute.

Security guard instructor Robert Herrera was shot and killed by one of his students at Coast Career Institute.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles detectives are trying to determine a motive for the slaying of a vocational school instructor who was allegedly shot by a student during a class for security guards.

Police Lt. Paul Vernon said Thursday that 22-year-old Law Thien Huynh of Gardena argued with the instructor immediately before leaving the classroom and returning with a firearm. Vernon says the student shot the teacher at near point-blank range Wednesday afternoon.

Students at Coast Career Institute said that after 44-year-old instructor Roberto Herrera was shot, the gunman put the weapon down, told classmates to call 911 and walked outside to smoke a cigarette.

Classmate Jermaine Walter said that Huynh often asked questions in class about shooting and killing people.

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