SANTA MONICA, CA (WKOW) -- Police have uncovered an arsenal of weapons and a plan connected to the deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica on Friday.
Four people were killed and five were wounded in the spree. Police have identified a suspect, but have not released his name yet.
Police say the shooting rampage started as domestic violence Friday, when two people, the suspects family members, were found dead in a burning home. The suspect then carjacked a woman and forced her to drive to Santa Monica College, while shooting at cars along the way. Finally, the gunman was killed by police on campus.
The suspect was armed with 1,300 rounds of ammunition, two high-powered assault rifles, a revolver and tactical gear.
An official briefed on the investigation says authorities are looking at family connections to find a motive.
Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks says the incident appears to be premeditated.
"I would presume that any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semi-automatic rifle... carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be neutralized at the hands of police -- I would say that that's premeditated," Seabrooks said at a Saturday press conference.
Seabrooks says the killer, who died a day shy of his 24th birthday, was connected to the home that went up in flames after the first shootings. She refused to elaborate or name the suspect because a surviving family member was out of the country and couldn't immediately be notified.
The killer had a run-in with police seven years ago, but Seabrooks wouldn't offer more details because he was a juvenile at the time.
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