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Santa Monica College students wait outside the college after being evacuated due to a shooter on campus Friday afternoon.
Photo by Roger Morante
Santa Monica College students wait outside the college after being evacuated due to a shooter on campus Friday afternoon.

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Santa Monica Gunman Had History Of Mental Issues, Attack Was Premeditated

Posted Jun. 8, 2013, 4:47 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

The man who killed four people and wounded a handful of others before Santa Monica police officers shot and killed him inside Santa Monica College’s library had a history of mental issues, according to reports.

While authorities haven’t  identified the suspect, the LA Times reports the man as John Zawahri, who would have turned 24 today.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Santa Monica Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks said the gunman had more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition with him during the shooting spree.

The shootings took place on a number of streets in the Pico neighborhood around noon and ended on the campus of Santa Monica College.

“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 semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be killed at the hands of police,” Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said, “I believe that’s premeditated.”

The Times reports anonymous law enforcement sources who said the suspect had some mental problems in the past and was angry over his parents’ divorce.

Click here to read some of the witness accounts from Friday's shooting spree.

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Jun. 8, 2013, 5:14:27 pm

rick said...

...and I would like to know what kind of video games he played. The one thing we see in common...young, male, mental issues, loner, "liked to play video games." I'm just curious which video game he was living out/playing up. Certain first player shooter games are not suitable for mentally unstable...we will learn one day regulating them is not a free speech issue...

Jun. 8, 2013, 8:44:44 pm

Michael Huebner said...

Rick wants to know what video games he played.. Regulating video games would stop this? I played Halo, I played counter strike. The issue isn't what tv show he watched, what moviue he saw, or what video game he played. The issue is that he was able to get a hold of a semi automatic rifle and 1300 rounds of ammo. Don't tell me regulating video games has anything to do with his insanity.

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