Rampage shooter was an ex-student

2013-06-09 08:44

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Los Angeles - A gunman who killed four people in a shooting and carjacking rampage was a former student at the California college where he was ultimately killed by police, officials said at a press conference on Saturday.

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said the gunman, whose name she did not release, was armed with about 1 300 rounds of ammunition and an arsenal of weapons during Friday's bloody killing spree.

The suspect carried "a bag full of loaded magazines," Seabrooks said, as well as a handgun and a semiautomatic rifle" as he stormed through the streets of Santa Monica.

In addition to those killed, the suspect left several people injured in a string of random shootings in the normally placid southern California town.

He ended up on the campus of Santa Monica College, which police said he formerly attended as a student.

Shot in the library

"The suspect walked along campus shooting as he went along," Seabrooks said.

"The suspect entered the library, attempted to kill several patrons hiding in a safe room. It is miraculous those individuals weren't physically injured," she said, adding that the assailant was fatally shot in the library by police.

The violence began with shootings in a nearby house, which was then set on fire.

Authorities said two bodies found in the burnt-out home were those of the gunman's father and brother. Officials said the suspect carried out the assault one day before his 24th birthday.

The shootings occurred only a few miles from an event attended by President Barack Obama on Friday.

They are the latest in an all-too regular succession of such rampages, which fuel the gun control debate in America.

Last year, a young gunman massacred 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, and another slayed 12 moviegoers in a theatre in Colorado.

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