A unknown man with a semi-automatic rifle shot to death at least four people and wounded several otherson Friday as he carried out a bloody rampage across several blocks of a quiet city before police shot him dead in the Santa Monica College Library.
According to the previous reports, police said that seven people were killed at the time, including the gunman.
As police reports, the gunman, wearing all black and carrying what appeared to be a ballistic jacket, opened fire on a house where the bodies of his father and brother were found.
As the house burst into flames, the man wounded a woman in a car before moving toward the campus, spraying bullets as he went. Police said he opened fire on a city bus, a police car and other vehicles, as well as bystanders and pedestrians.
Three people were killed on the street before the gunman opened fire at an SUV leaving a campus parking lot. That vehicle’s driver was shot to death and two passengers were wounded as the car crashed through a block wall.
From there, the gunman rushed to the college campus, shooting a woman on his way before he entered the library, where students were studying for final exams.
“It appears that those who were encountered on the street were random victims,” Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said.
“We saw a woman get shot in the head,” said administrative assistant Trena Johnson, who looked out the window of the dean’s office, where she works, when she heard gunfire. “I haven’t been able to stop shaking,” she said.
Inside the library, students reported hearing gunfire and screams.
“I was totally scared to death and I can’t believe it happened so fast,” said Vincent Zhang, a 20-year-old economics major who said he heard a woman pleading, “No, no. Please, no.”
The gunman лузе on shooting at people, Seabrooks revealed, but apparently didn’t hit anybody there as dozens ran for the exits.
“The officers came in and directly engaged the suspect and he was shot and killed on the scene,” she said.
Meanwhile, three miles away President Barack Obama had been attending a fundraising event at the Santa Monica home of former News Corp President Peter Chernin, but didn’t say a word of the incident.
A Secret Service spokesman in Washington said: “We are aware of the incident and it is not impacting the visit. It’s a local police matter at this point.”
Obama’s departure from Los Angeles was rerouted to avoid the scene, a White House press secretary said.