Several dead in early-morning shooting spree near LA
A chaotic 25-minute shooting spree through California's Orange County early Tuesday left a trail of dead and injured victims before the shooter stopped and killed himself, police said.
There were at least six crime scenes, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino told KNBC-TV.
The shootings started with an apparent carjacking just after 5 a.m. Tuesday in an unincorporated Ladera Ranch area of Orange County, said Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti.
From 5:30 a.m. to 5:55 a.m., Tustin police received police reports of shootings in several locations, he said.
Officers found one dead person and one wounded at State Route 55 and McFadden Street, two shot and wounded at Interstate 5 and Red Hill Avenue, and one dead at Del Amo Boulevard and Edinger Avenue. The alleged shooter then drove to the intersection of Wanda Road and Katella Avenue and shot himself in the middle of the intersection, Kanoti said.
The conditions of the wounded victims were unknown.
It is possible more people were shot at because some people may have chased the shooter, Kanoti said.
A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol said it didn't have any active crime scenes on the freeway but the southbound 55 McFadden Avenue off-ramp would be closed until further notice.
Kanoti said authorities were trying to figure out if the spree started with the fatal carjacking but could not yet confirm that.
Tustin is about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
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Damnit!!!!!!!!! I feel for the victims and their families, but damn we do not need this crap right now. We are under enough of an attack as it is without the antis getting even more ammo against guns.
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I feel for the victims and Families. I am from there. Grew up a few exits down the freeway from the first shooting on McFadden Avenue. I'm wondering what went on because from Mcfadden all the way North up to Edinger (Anahiem area) there is a pretty prevelent Gang influence. Mostly Hispanic gangs with a mix of some black and Vietnamese. But on I-5 and Red Hill that is out in Irvine/Tustin where Dorner started his killing spree.
My heart goes out to the victims and their families. They will be in my prayers.
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but California has the strictest gun laws in the country how could this happen.
did any honest people have any thing to defend them selves with ?????? Nope but thye possably followed the guy ?????? an then what ????????
TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — The violence stretched across 25 miles in Orange County and was as brutal as it was fast-moving.
In less than an hour, a 20-year-old student wielding a shotgun killed a woman in his home and two commuters during carjackings early Tuesday, shot up vehicles on a Southern California freeway and committed suicide as police closed in on him, authorities said.
One driver was forced from his BMW at a stop sign, marched to a curb and killed as witnesses watched in horror.
"He was basically executed," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. "There were at least six witnesses."
The shooter, Ali Syed, was an unemployed, part-time student who lived with his parents at the Ladera Ranch residence where the first victim was slain, Tustin police Chief Scott Jordan said. Authorities said Syed was taking one course at Saddleback College, a two-year community college.
Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said the woman killed at the home was in her 20s. She was not identified and was not related to the shooter, he said, adding that it wasn't known what she was doing at the home.
Syed's parents were in the house at the time, fled the residence when shots were fired, and reported it, he said.
Jordan said Syed stated to one carjacking victim: "I don't want to hurt you. I killed somebody. Today is my last day."
Jordan said there was no indication of a motive, but he sought to assure residents that the violence was over.
"There is no conspiracy here, there are no outstanding suspects, it was a very, very unfortunate situation, but I don't think the people here in Orange County have to be worried about their safety," he said.
The violence began at 4:45 a.m., when deputies responded to a call from Ladera Ranch, a sleepy inland town about 55 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They found the woman shot multiple times.
Jason Glass, who lives across the street, said he couldn't sleep and was watching TV in his garage with the door partly open when he heard what sounded like gun shots.
Then he heard a commotion and the sound of a car speeding away.
Hours later, his neighborhood was flooded with police, and crime scene tape sectioned off the street.
Glass said a man and three young children had been escorted from the home where the shooting occurred.
"I just happened to be in here when this happened," Glass said about his garage. "To think he could have rolled under my door or needed a car or needed to hide is crazy. It's freaking me out."
From Ladera Ranch, police said the gunman headed north and within 30 minutes carjacked a Dodge pickup truck in Tustin, about 20 miles away. The driver was uninjured, but a bystander was hit by gunfire and taken to a hospital.
The suspect then began firing at vehicles in the area where Interstate 5 and State Route 55 connect.
Three people reported being targeted, including one who suffered a minor injury, Tustin police Lt. Paul Garaven said. Two cars were damaged.
When the truck got low on gas, the gunman stopped at State Route 55 and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana, stole the BMW and killed the driver, Bertagna said.
The victim was identified as Melvin Edwards, 69, of Laguna Hills, who was en route to his Santa Ana business.
The shooter then drove to a Tustin business called Micro Center and carjacked another small truck, killing construction worker Jeremy Lewis, 26, of Fullerton, and wounding another person.
Officers trailed the gunman to Orange, a city about five miles away.
As they closed in, the man got out of the vehicle at a busy intersection and shot himself, police said.
A shotgun was recovered at the scene.
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