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    Santa Monica police say gunman premeditated fatal rampage that left 5 dead

    Published June 08, 2013
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    • June 7, 2013: A Santa Monica police officer leads children from Citizens of the World School in Los Angeles out of Santa Monica College, who were there for a planetarium show, as the campus is systematically cleared, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP)

    • June 7, 2013: A Santa Monica College student waits for police clearance to pick up her vehicle after a shooting on campus in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP)

    • June 7, 2013: Police stand outside the locked down Santa Monica College campus in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP)


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    Authorities say a man with a semi-automatic rifle who killed at least four people and wounded several others Friday as he carried out a deadly rampage in Santa Monica before police shot him dead had planned the attack.
    Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said Saturday afternoon the gunman had 1,300 rounds of ammunition along with a duffel bag full of ammunition magazines and extra weaponry.
    "Any time someone puts on a vest, of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semi-automatic 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 that's premeditated," Seabrooks said.
    Seabrooks says police are probing the gunman's connection to a house where the killings began a mile from campus. She would not identify the killer but said he would have turned 24 on Saturday.
    Police said earlier that seven people were killed, including the gunman.
    The violence began when the gunman, dressed in all black and wearing what appeared to be a ballistic jacket, opened fire on a house where the bodies of the gunman's father and brother were found, authorities said.
    He carried out the deadly attack across several blocks of a normally idyllic beachfront city before police shot him dead in the Santa Monica College Library.
    As the house burst into flames, the man wounded a woman in a car before moving toward the campus, spraying bullets as he went. Police said he opened fire on a city bus, a police car and other vehicles, as well as bystanders and pedestrians.
    He killed three people on the street before shooting at an SUV leaving a campus parking lot. That vehicle's driver was killed and two passengers were wounded as the car crashed through a block wall.
    From there, the gunman entered the campus, shooting a woman as he made his way toward the college's library, where students were studying for final exams.
    "It appears that those who were encountered on the street were random victims," Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said.
    "We saw a woman get shot in the head," said administrative assistant Trena Johnson, who looked out the window of the dean's office, where she works, when she heard gunfire. "I haven't been able to stop shaking," she said.
    Inside the library, students reported hearing gunfire and screams.
    "I was totally scared to death and I can't believe it happened so fast," said Vincent Zhang, a 20-year-old economics major who said he heard a woman pleading, "No, no. Please, no."
    The gunman continued to shoot at people in the library, Seabrooks said, but apparently didn't hit anybody there as dozens ran for the exits.
    "The officers came in and directly engaged the suspect and he was shot and killed on the scene," she said.
    Just 3 miles away, President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising luncheon. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said the agency was aware of the shooting, which began just before noon, but it had no impact on the president's event.
    The president was scheduled to take Marine One to the airport, but traveled by motorcade to avoid any impact on the ongoing local response to the shooting.
    After the gunman was killed, police wearing helmets and armed with shotguns and rifles searched the campus for a second shooter. A man dressed entirely in black, the words "Life is a Gamble" on the back of his sweatshirt, was seen being led away in handcuffs.
    Sgt. Richard Lewis, a Santa Monica police spokesman, said at a news conference Friday night that investigators had released a man who had been detained and questioned as a "person of interest."
    The identities of the man detained and those who were killed were not immediately released.
    Two officials briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press the two victims in the burned house were the gunman's father and brother.
    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
    Two women were admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said Dr. Marshall Morgan, the chief of emergency medicine. One was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery. The other arrived in serious condition but was upgraded to fair condition Friday night.
    Three other women went to UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica with relatively minor injuries, Morgan said. One had shrapnel-type injuries and the two others had injuries not related to gunfire, he said. All were treated and released.
    Jerry Cunningham Rathner, who lives near the house that caught fire, said she heard gunshots and came out onto her porch to see a man shooting at the residence. Soon, the building erupted in flames and was billowing smoke.
    The gunman, dressed in black and wearing an ammunition belt, pointed a rifle at a woman in a car and told her to pull over, Cunningham Rathner said. He then signaled to a second car, also driven by a woman, to slow down and began firing into the vehicle.
    "He fired three to four shots into the car -- boom, boom, boom, right at her," said Cunningham Rathner, who went to the woman's aid and saw she was wounded in the shoulder.
    She said the gunman then abducted the woman in the first car and drove away.
    From there, the chaos shifted to Santa Monica College, located among homes and strip malls more than a mile inland from the city's famous Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and its expansive, sandy beaches.
    The two-year college, spread out across 38 acres, has about 34,000 students.
    Jimes Gillespie, 20, told The Associated Press he was in the library studying when he heard gunfire, and he and dozens of other students began fleeing the three-story building.
    "As I was running down the stairs I saw one of the gunmen," said Gillespie, who described the shooter as a white man in his 20s, wearing cornrows in his hair and black overalls.
    As he ran across campus, he said he saw a car in front of the English building that was riddled with bullet holes, had shattered windows and a baby's car seat in the back.
    Student Noke Taumalolo told Fox News that he saw a female worker sorting recycling cans lying bloody on the ground with the gunman standing over her. According to the student, the gunman was wearing black tactical gear including a vest, SWAT-like fatigues and a riot helmet.
    In a staff parking lot, college employee Joe Orcutt said he saw the gunman standing calmly with his weapon, looking as though he was trying to determine which people to shoot at.
    "I turn around and that's when he's just standing there, like he's modeling for some ammo magazine," Orcutt said. "He was very calm just standing there, panning around, seeing who he could shoot, one bullet at a time, like target practice.
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    I was watching the local news and it showed his "arsenal." It included a replica Colt Navy...wtf?

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    How did this happen gun free zone, gun free CA.

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    Why aren't they giving details on the shooter like they normally do? Could it be that the POS does not fit the profile to advance the lib-o-rat agenda??
    While I have always thought the media should never give the POS their 15 minutes of fame and plaster their name and everything about the POS, I wonder why aren't they doing it this time!!!

    Not trying to start a big fight here. I just do not trust our "wonderful and caring" government nor the lib-o-rat media who are nothing but puppets!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vernsimpson View Post
    Why aren't they giving details on the shooter like they normally do? Could it be that the POS does not fit the profile to advance the lib-o-rat agenda??
    While I have always thought the media should never give the POS their 15 minutes of fame and plaster their name and everything about the POS, I wonder why aren't they doing it this time!!!

    Not trying to start a big fight here. I just do not trust our "wonderful and caring" government nor the lib-o-rat media who are nothing but puppets!!!!
    The Libs are not jumping all over this for a simple reason. It happened in a state where firearms, magazines and ammo is heavily regulated. They want to "prove" that Kalifornia style gun laws would make the nation more safe. This incident shows just the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vernsimpson View Post
    Why aren't they giving details on the shooter like they normally do? Could it be that the POS does not fit the profile to advance the lib-o-rat agenda??
    While I have always thought the media should never give the POS their 15 minutes of fame and plaster their name and everything about the POS, I wonder why aren't they doing it this time!!!

    Not trying to start a big fight here. I just do not trust our "wonderful and caring" government nor the lib-o-rat media who are nothing but puppets!!!!
    Thats what I would like to know! Usually they would be tell all kinds of things, mostly facts that are blown all out of proportion and false to boot.
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    His name is John Zawahri. His father, whom he murdered before going to the college, was named Samir Zawahri. His mother was in Lebanon at the time of the shooting visiting family.

    This is just a random thought that popped into my head, but could it be that the reason info about the shooter is coming out in a slow trickle is because he's a muslim? Are we just hours or days away from hearing a witness say that "Allahu Akbar" could be heard as the shooting was going on? How long did it take after Ft. Hood before we knew about Hasad's background and his using that murderous phrase during his rampage?

    And still Obama waits for a white, redneck bitter/clinger to go off the rails so he can have his poster child for the "need" for gun control. Not this time, Barry. Stay patient though, I'm sure another Tim McVeigh or Eric Rudolph is right around the corner. But not this time.

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    Perhaps this is why the president’s media is so quiet onthis. Even though I have read an “assaultweapon” was used. http://www.siotw.org/modules/news_english/item.php?itemid=1212
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    Perhaps this is why the president’s media is so quiet onthis. Even though I have read an “assaultweapon” was used. http://www.siotw.org/modules/news_english/item.php?itemid=1212
    Well it's kinda hard to know all the details of the shooting when they didn't get to plan this one. Normally they get to stage these shootings so they get to make all the details up to their liking. This being a legit shooting, they'd have to actually watch the news and learn it for themselves, and then they'd run the risk of something in the story not fitting their target profile. It's just much easier when they can plan it themselves...

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    No offense Andey, are you using the heavy duty tin foil for your hat? Just kidding! It does seem the "facts" are coming out very slow. Now he's a muslim? Why was that soooo slooow coming out? It seems to me theres a media policy about muslim bad talking. Too many times if seen, where it seems the media is afraid Obambam might hear about it, and the NSA may investigate them. YMMV just my take.
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