Two Dead In House Fire, Shooter Kills One Person At Santa Monica College

Friday, 7 Jun 2013, 2:35:00 PM

Brenton Garen

A woman is wheeled into an ambulance after being shot on a bus near Santa Monica College.
A woman is wheeled into an ambulance after being shot on a bus near Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica detectives have their work cut out for them

following a house fire with two dead bodies, a carjacking with gun fire, and at least

one person dead in a connected shooting near Santa Monica College at about

noon Friday.

According to a witnesses, residents on the 2500 block of

Kansas Avenue heard gun shots inside a home just before noon -- the start of a deadly crime spree in the Pico neighborhood -- that has ended with the death of the suspect at SMC.

"A little before noon my son left the house and then almost immediately

I heard gun shots and I ran out because I feared for him," a resident told

KTLA5. "Luckily he was gone. There was a guy outside right in front of my

place with full SWAT gear, a belt full of ammunition and a semi-automatic

rifle. The first six shots he had fired inside the house or at this house

across the street and it was on fire. The first thing I noticed was smoke

coming from across the street. He had a bag lying in the street. He glanced up

at me. He walked over here to this corner, this intersection. He pointed a gun

at a woman in car and told her to pull over, which she did. The woman behind

her in a car, he waved her through with a gun, she kind of hesitated and slowed

down. He fired three or four shots point blank into her in the car. The car

ended up in my driveway. I ran inside to get the phone to call 911. When I came

back outside he was getting into the blue car with the first woman. He had

thrown a bunch of stuff out the car. They were driving off. We just got towels

to put pressure on this woman’s wounds. She is going to be okay. She was


Jerry said she recognized the shooter as the son of the man who lives in the


She they were a Lebanese family -- a father with two sons.

"I’ve heard there are two people deceased inside, I’m guessing it’s the

father and the son, they were the only people I saw in the house," she

said. "It’s a dilapidated run down house, so it went up in flames really


The shooter is suspected of driving near Santa Monica

College about seven to eight blocks away where he opened fired on a bus and

several cars near Pico and Cloverfield Boulevards.

"The bus came to a stop at a red light," a witness on the bus told

KTLA5. "There was a car honking behind the bus. There was another car

parked next to bus. A man got out of the car on the left hand side of bus, the

driver side, pulled out a rifle and started firing at the bus. People were

screaming and hitting the floor. All of the passengers took immediate cover.

There was a lot of panic. There was woman who was hit by a bullet. The shooter

was a male wearing black clothing, slightly dark skin."

The shooter then fled to Santa Monica College at 1900 Pico Boulevard and began a shooting rampage.

Officials from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center confirmed one woman died from gun shot wounds late Friday.

The LA Times reported at around 1 pm that the shooter then fled onto the campus at SMC and

went into the library and was taken into custody.

However, SMPD Chief of Police Department Jacqueline Seabrooks has confirmed that the shooter has been killed on the campus of SMC.

A California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said the CHP received initial calls

starting as early as 11:55 am of a man carrying several weapons and firing at

passing cars and the bus near SMC.

"After that suspect was taken into custody, we continued to receive

reports of shots fired," the spokeswoman said. "There is still a

search going on in the area for additional suspects."

The City of Santa Monica issued an email alert saying crime scene

investigations are ongoing, adding Santa Monica High School’s graduation

will proceed as planned this evening.

However, the alert said traffic throughout the city is expected to be

heavy and areas around Santa Monica College should be avoided.

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