Gunman in deadly California shooting IDed

2013-06-10 10:03
John Zawahri, aged 23, who police have identified as the shooter in a deadly rampage at Santa Monica College. (Santa Monica Police Department/ AP)

John Zawahri, aged 23, who police have identified as the shooter in a deadly rampage at Santa Monica College. (Santa Monica Police Department/ AP)

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Santa Monica — Police have identified the gunman who went on a shooting rampage in California that left five people dead.

Santa Monica police Sergeant Richard Lewis said on Sunday that 23-year-old John Zawahri killed his father and older brother at their home on Friday before going on a shooting spree in the streets and at a nearby college.

The violence ended after he was shot to death by police at the Santa Monica College library.

Authorities did not immediately name the shooter or the two men found dead in the house because next of kin was out of the country and hadn't been notified.

Lewis said Zawahri's name was released after his mother cut her trip short and came back to the country.

A woman who was critically wounded died, bringing the number of victims killed by the gunman to five.

Domestic violence

Marcela Franco, aged 26, died of her injuries, according to Santa Monica College spokesperson Tricia Ramos. Franco had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by her father, campus groundskeeper Carlos Navarro Franco, aged 68, who also was killed in the attack.

Investigators were focusing on a deadly act of domestic violence that touched off the mayhem.

After neighbours watched in shock as the gunman shot at his father's house and it went up in flames, he opened fire on a woman driving by, wounding her, and then carjacked another woman.

He directed her to drive to Santa Monica College, ordering her to stop along the way so he could shoot at a city bus and people on the street. Two people on the bus were injured. On campus, he opened fired on Franco's vehicle.

The shooter fired at least 70 rounds in the school's library. No one was injured there before two police officers and a campus cop arrived and killed the shooter.

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