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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

At least four dead after 25-minute shooting spree leaves bloody trail of victims along California road

California shooting

A  chaotic 25-minute shooting spree through Tustin, California, has left a trail of dead and injured victims before the shooter stopped and killed himself, police said. Authorities reported at least six places where multiple victims had been shot in the early morning violence - and at least four are dead - including the gunman.


The shootings started with an apparent carjacking just after 5am on Tuesday in an unincorporated Ladera Ranch area of Orange County, said Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti.

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Murder: A body is covered by a tarp in the road, one of four people who were killed in the chaotic shooting spree early on Tuesday morning
Murder: A body is covered by a tarp in the road, one of four people who were killed in the chaotic shooting spree early on Tuesday morning

Stationed: An Orange police officer directs traffic as an investigation into the shootings continues
Stationed: An Orange police officer directs traffic as an investigation into the shootings continues

Trail of blood: Orange County coroner's officials remove one of the bodies from the scene
Trail of blood: Orange County coroner's officials remove one of the bodies from the scene

From 5:30am. to 5:55am, Tustin police received police reports of shootings in several locations, he said.
There were at least six crime scenes, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino told KNBC-TV.
The first call that came in was at Red Hill Avenue and Interstate 5.
 
    Police arrived and determined a carjacking had occurred and that victim was uninjured. An innocent bystander who was hit by gunfire was taken to a hospital, Garaven said.
    The next call was at State Route 55 and McFadden Avenue. Another carjacking occurred and that victim died, Garaven said.

    The last call was about a man with a gun, he said, at Edinger Avenue east of the 55. An officer arrived and found two more victims - one dead and the other injured.

    Grisly: A body is surrounded by police vehicles in the intersection of Wanda Road and Katella Avenue
    Grisly: A body is surrounded by police vehicles in the intersection of Wanda Road and Katella Avenue

    Officers located the man and followed him into the city of Orange, Garaven said, where the suspect shot himself dead at the intersection of Katella Avenue and Wanda Road.
    Tustin police Lt Paul Garaven said: 'When they stopped [the vehicle], the suspect got out and shot himself.'
    The suspect was only described as a male in his 20s. A shotgun was recovered in the police investigation.
    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.

    Shooting scene: Police vehicles are stationed at one of the locations where multiple victims were shot
    Shooting scene: Police vehicles are stationed at one of the locations where multiple victims were shot

    Crime scene: Officers move a tent at one of the sites where a victim was shot
    Crime scene: Officers move a tent at one of the sites where a victim was shot

    A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol said they didn't have any active crime scenes on the freeway but the southbound 55 McFadden Avenue off-ramp would be closed until further notice.
    The shootings began at 4:45am when deputies responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in a house in Ladera Ranch, Amormino said.
    The motive for the shootings is still unclear and it's also unclear if the victims knew each other or the shooter.
    Amormino said: 'I do not believe any of the victims are related to each other. It might have been a random thing. We just don't know.'
    Tustin is about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.



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