Travis Ikeguchi named as gunman in Lake Arrowhead shooting

Travis Ikeguchi Lake Arrowhead Shooting Lauri Carleton

People gather at Lauri Carleton’s Magi Pi shop in Lake Arrowhead, where she was shot and killed Friday after Travis Ikeguchi yelled homophobic slurs at her for hanging a Pride flag, authorities said on Monday.

Travis Ikeguchi, 27, was named as the suspect in Friday’s fatal shooting of Lauri Carleton outside of her Lake Arrowhead clothing boutique after Ikeguchi allegedly yelled “homophobic slurs” at her for hanging a Pride flag at her shop, authorities said.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus made the announcement at a news conference on Monday.

Travis Ikeguchi, a Cedar Glen resident, shot Carleton, 66, to death at Mag Pi, her Cedar Glen business, after “yelling many homophobic slurs” about her Pride flag, Dicus said.

Ikeguchi didn’t have identification on him, hence the delay in identifying him, the sheriff said.

Officials believe Ikeguchi acted alone, but Dicus said authorities want to confirm the crime was not connected with any hate groups, local or otherwise, and the investigation is ongoing.

The shooting is under investigation as a possible hate crime.

Travis Ikeguchi shooter suspect Lake Arrowhead

The X, formerly Twitter, profile page for Travis Ikeguchi includes several anti-LGBTQ+ posts. For example, one post shows a burning Pride flag.

Ikeguchi  had a history of making anti-LGBTQ+ posts on different social media channels, including X, formerly known as Twitter.

After allegedly shooting Carleton, Ikeguchi ran away from the crime scene, but was found by sheriff’s deputies less than two miles from her store, where he was fatally shot in a confrontation, authorities said.

Ikeguchi was armed with a Smith & Wesson 9mm automatic handgun, and refused deputies’ orders to drop the weapon, the sheriff said.

When deputies tried to arrest Ikeguchi, he reportedly shot at their vehicles, and the deputies shot him. Authorities tried life-saving measures, but Ikeguchi died at the scene, the sheriff said.

The gun allegedly used in the shooting was not registered to Ikeguchi, Dicus said.

The shooting occurred amid a spike in anti-LGBTQ+ extremism across the nation that has led to protests, threats, and violence against the community.

A report  this year by the Anti-Defamation League and the LGBTQ+ organization GLAAD shows more than 350 incidents of harassment, vandalism, or assault took place from June 2022 to April 2023, which the report says coincides with an increase in rhetoric and legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, a Republican whose district represents Lake Arrowhead, released a statement, saying, “This senseless act of hate and violence is unthinkable.”

“I stand with my mountain communities as we mourn this incredible loss,” Rowe said. “Everyone deserves to live free of hate and discrimination, and practice their constitutional right of freedom of speech. Lauri was a remarkable member of the community and I send my deepest condolences to her family in this time of grief.”

Rowe also vowed to create an environment where LGBTQ people feel safe and respected.

“Regardless of your color, your sexual orientation, your gender, your political party, there should be acceptance, love and tolerance for everybody in this world. And I say that as a white female heterosexual conservative,” Rowe told NBC News. “This is horrifying to me to think that I would live in a community that could have something like this happen.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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