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

Saturday, 8 Jun 2013, 4:47:00 PM

Brenton Garen

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.

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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