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Police identify Santa Monica gunman

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 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 dead 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 his next of kin was out of the country and had not been notified.

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

Meanwhile, Marcela Franco, 26, who was critically wounded, died, said Santa Monica College spokeswoman Tricia Ramos, bringing the number of victims killed in the rampage to five. Ms Franco had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by her father, campus groundsman Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who also was killed in the attack.

Investigators were focusing on a deadly act of domestic violence that sparked 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, 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 Ms 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 officer arrived and killed the gunman.


From Belfast Telegraph