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4 Dead in Southern California Shooting Spree

A Southern California man went on a shocking shooting spree this morning, killing three people and then himself. Two others were also injured while the shooter was on the loose.

The currently unidentified man allegedly shot and killed a woman at 4:45 a.m. in a house in Ladera Ranch, and then went on a rampage between 5:30 and 5:55 a.m. in the cities of Tustin and Orange, according to Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. 

Police first responded to the call in Ladera Ranch and found the woman dead at 5:20 a.m. Tustin police then responded to several reports of gunfire, the first at Red Hill Avenue and Interstate 5, said Tustin Lt. Paul Garaven

At the first location, the police determined that a carjacking had occurred, but the victim was unhurt. An innocent bystander was shot, however, but was alive and taken to a hospital.

The second call that came in reported gunfire at State Route 55 and McFadden Avenue. Another carjacking had occurred, and the victim was found dead at the scene, according to Garaven.

The third and last call came from Edinger Avenue, a little east of the 55, where police found one victim dead and another injured.

Garaven said that police finally caught up with the suspect in the city of Orange, but the suspect shot and killed himself in the car he was driving during the pursuit.

Reports have surfaced that the suspect was male, in his 20s, and succeeded in carjacking multiple cars throughout the morning.

Other witnesses have come forward offering details, a few of whom say they too were shot at, but no other serious injuries have been confirmed.

Details of the victims have not been released, but police believe that they did not know each other and that the attacks were likely random. Police have not commented on any possible motives so far behind the shootings. As of Tuesday, police are processing six different crime scenes, all related to the same suspect.

(NY Times, ABC News)


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