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UPDATE: Gunman killed 4 people in Santa Monica shooting spree


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police say a gunman who killed four people in Santa Monica before officers shot him dead acted alone, and investigators have released a man who had been detained as a "person of interest."

Sgt. Richard Lewis, a Santa Monica police spokesman, said at a news conference Friday night that the man was questioned and released, and he is not a suspect.

The violence began when the gunman, dressed in all black and wearing what appeared to be a ballistic jacket, opened fire on a house where two bodies were found.

Two officials briefed on the investigation say those two victims were the gunman's father and brother.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

Police said earlier that seven people were killed, including the gunman. But they corrected that to a total of five people late Friday.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police have revised the death toll from a shooting spree in Santa Monica. Officers now say the gunman shot and killed four people before police shot him.

Police said earlier that seven people were killed, including the gunman. But they correct that to a total of five people late Friday.

The Santa Monica Police Department says the gunman opened fire on a house where two bodies were found. Officials briefed on the investigation say the two victims were the gunman's father and brother.

Police say they released a man who had been detained earlier as a person of interest. Sgt. Richard Lewis says the man was questioned and released, and he is not a suspect.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police in Santa Monica say six people were killed during a shooting rampage that wound up on a college campus.

Officers say the suspect is among the dead. He was shot and killed by police.

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said the rampage began at a house and continued as the man, carrying an assault-style rifle, made his way to Santa Monica College.

Seabrooks says the shooter killed two people in the house, two more people as he walked toward campus and then two more on campus.

She says he was then shot and killed by police in the campus library. 

Investigators say they're not sure if the gunman acted alone.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- A hospital in California confirms one woman hurt in the shooting at Santa Monica College has died.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center says three women who were hurt in the shooting were brought there. One of them died, one was in surgery and the other is in serious condition but doing well.

A hospital spokesman says three other women were taken to the hospital with relatively minor injuries. One has shrapnel-type injuries and the two others had injuries not related to gunfire.

Two men were also found dead in a burned home near the Santa Monica College shooting.

Fire officials say there is extensive damage inside the home not far from the scene.

An official says a woman also was found with a gunshot wound in a car outside the burned home.

Witnesses at the college describe hearing numerous gunshots, students scrambling to safety and a man dressed in black being taken into custody.

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UPDATE (WKOW) --- Witnesses say a man got out of his car and fired shots down the road from campus first.

They say the man then drove to campus and fired shots in the library.

An area hospital says they have three injured people they are treating, two critically injured and one in serious condition.

A witness there says one of the shot was a desk clerk on campus.

Police have not stated a second shooter was involved.

Officials do have one man in custody for the shooting.

We will continue to update this story on


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (WKOW) -- A shooting has been reported near the campus of Southern California's Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica police say several victims are down and the shooter is also believed to be down.

CNN is reporting two people injured and that there could be another shooter involved.

Police also say numerous witnesses called to report a man on a street corner shooting at vehicles including a bus.

The location is about three miles from where President Barack Obama is appearing at a fundraiser.

Santa Monica College is a two-year college with about 34,000 students. The campus in the coastal Los Angeles suburb spreads out over 38 acres.

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