Update: The gunman accused of killing four people in a shooting and arson rampage in Santa Monica Friday is said to have been angry over his parents' divorce, and had past mental health problems. The suspect is identified as John Zawahri, and he would have turned 24 years old on Saturday. He attended Santa Monica College, where most of the violence took place, as recently as 2010. Authorities today described him as having been “heavily armed” and “ready for battle.” He used an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle. He was killed by police on Friday.
If all of the magazines on his person were loaded, the shooter would have been armed with some 1,300 rounds of ammunition, Santa Monica Police Chief Jaqueline A. Seabrooks said at an afternoon news conference. “Anytime someone puts on a vest … comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, I would say that’s premeditated,” she said.
At least 7 people, including a gunman, were killed in a rampage shooting and arson attack near and on the campus of Santa Monica College, in Santa Monica, California.
The attacks began at a home in Santa Monica, where two people were found dead, and ended in a shootout in the library of Santa Monica College. There, police shot and killed a shooter dressed in black clothing and a ballistic vest.
At least 6 people were reported to have been transported to local hospitals.
The shooting took place a couple of miles away from where President Barack Obama was attending a private fundraising lunch before heading to Palm Springs for a meeting in Rancho Mirage with the president of China.
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#SMC UPDATE: 2 dead at Yorkshire1 dead Cloverfield/Pico2 dead 19th/Pearl1 died at UCLA1 suspect killed1 person of interest in custody— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) June 7, 2013
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Traumatized students who were in the library at the time of the shooting twitter.com/The_Corsair/st…— The Corsair (@The_Corsair) June 7, 2013
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Current scene from 17th and Cedar st. twitter.com/The_Corsair/st…— The Corsair (@The_Corsair) June 7, 2013